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Celebrating National Reconciliation Week in a new way

Central Regional TAFE’s (CRTAFE) annual Reconciliation Week celebrations will be offered in a new way this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Students and staff have come together to ensure the significance of the week is still celebrated this year, despite not being able to proceed with usual on-campus events.

CRTAFE will showcase a variety of projects and initiatives to mark 20 years of Reconciliation Week celebrations, via various online and social media platforms.

A key highlight will be the launch of CRTAFE’s 2020-2021 Reconciliation Action Plan. Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, the plan details CRTAFE’s vision for supporting Aboriginal students and staff, by strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, to ensure all community members enjoy equally, the opportunities for training and personal development offered at CRTAFE, in an environment that is inclusive of all students and their families.

As part of the week-long online event, students have prepared a series of interviews with local Aboriginal Elders and mentors as well as question and answer sessions with community members about what Reconciliation means to them. There will also be a reading of Poems for our Mayus, a children’s book written by CRTAFE Geraldton students in the Wajarri language.

Students have also put together some online resources about inspirational Aboriginal people, daily facts and links to podcasts, websites and videos relating to Aboriginal culture and the meaning of Reconciliation in Australia today.

Some smaller activities will still take place on campus with social distancing measures in place such as cultural displays (Geraldton, Northam, and Kalgoorlie campuses) and a symbolic cake cutting (Geraldton campus) and a cupcake giveaway (Kalgoorlie campus).

CRTAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said Reconciliation Week was an important part of the college’s annual events calendar and this year has provided an opportunity for staff and students to share positive experiences both online and on-campus.

“I’m really proud that our staff and students have found a way to ensure the significance of the week is still celebrated at our college” Mr Swetman said.

“This year’s national theme for Reconciliation Week – In this together – resonates with everyone in this country and around the world at the moment” he said.

“We are reminded that no matter what is happening around us, we are stronger and more able to overcome challenges when we value, encourage and support one-another” he said.

More information about CRTAFE’s online Reconciliation Week celebrations can be found via the links below or by calling your local campus on 1800 672 700. 

 

Page last updated May 25, 2020