Dance crew performing at event

More than a word: Reconciliation Week 2021

Dance crew performing at event

Greater Dandenong City Council invites all the community to come together and celebrate Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June) to learn about First Nations shared histories, cultures, and achievements.

The event will be held at Springvale Community Hub on Thursday 27 May from 11am celebrating this year’s theme, More than a word.

Mayor Angela Long said “Reconciliation takes action, asks us each to take positive action towards uniting together. The theme urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.”

“Reconciliation has been a long journey for all Australians. As individuals, families, communities, organisations and as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

The week itself provides an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the reconciliation process and commemorates two historic milestones – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Activities will include Indigenous Outreach Projects Hip Hop workshop, face painting, indigenous plant stall and children’s activities.  

Bo'Ness acoustic duo Callum and Jackson McPartlane, both proud Gunditjmara boys, will perform during lunch on the lawn

The afternoon program will also feature:

  • Karn Yarn art making workshop with Leah Horvarth Kuku Yalanji woman
  • Storytelling and Q&A session with respected local Wurundjeri man Matthew Gardiner expert in traditional Woi Wurrung language
  • Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri women’s dance group workshop

All COVIDSafe guidelines will be fully met to ensure public safety on the day. For more information view the COVIDSafe checklists on the events.

This is a free event and registrations required.