Community to gather and reflect

Uncle Rick Nelson performs the Smoking Ceremony at Sorry Day 2022.

Mount Alexander Shire Council will be recognising Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week with a number of events open to the community.

This will begin with a Sorry Day Commemoration to be held at Castlemaine Secondary College in Lawson Parade this Friday May 26 at 10.30am.

The morning will include a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony and guest speakers.

National Reconciliation Week (May 27-June 7) will be launched the following day, May 27, with an official opening to be held at the historic Market Building in Mostyn Street at 10.30am.

The event will include a performance from the Peace Choir and the annual Nalderun Awards.

This year’s theme is ‘Be a voice for generations’, and encourages everyone to use their power, their words and their vote to create a better, more just Australia for everyone.

Mount Alexander Shire mayor Cr Rosie Annear said that Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week were important for acknowledging the pain of the past and looking towards a reconciled future.

“We all have a role to play in reconciliation. By coming together we can collectively build relationships and communities that value, recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures and their histories,” she said.