This year, Reconciliation Queensland launched the National Reconciliation Week for Queensland at a gala networking event hosted by the Queensland University of Technology at the Old Government House complex at the Gardens Point campus in Brisbane. Over 200 hundred people attended the launch and the keynote address by the Hon Dr Robyn Layton AO QC outlined this year’ theme, ‘Let’s Walk the Talk for Recognition’.
Uncle Bill Buchanan (RQ Co-Chair) outlined plans for the Queensland leg of the national Journey to Recognition which will begin in Cairns on 16th July 2014. The journey will begin with an event held on the Esplanade in Cairns and the first section will take in communities of Far North Queensland and the Cape York region. The Recognise Team will then continue the journey attending public events and gatherings in regional centres and communities across Queensland in the coming months. A major celebration is also being planned for late November 2014 when the Recognise Team finally arrives in Brisbane.
The national Sorry Day acknowledgement was given by Mr Mark Baumgart, Co-Chair National Sorry Day Committee Reconciliation Queensland. The Hon. Quentin Bryce AC CVO gave the Mabo Day acknowledgement and a vote of thanks for the continuing efforts of those working hard to support and bring about reconciliation for all Queenslanders.
Student of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts entertained invited Elders, Indigenous business and community organisations, representatives from local Reconciliation Groups, as well as peak community, business and government organisations.
You can access more information about the Queensland Journey for Recognition by visiting http://www.recognise.org.au/thejourney or contacting your local Reconciliation Group in your community.
Reconciliation Queensland and its affiliate groups thank QUT and its Equity Services Department for their generous support in hosting and organising this significant annual event for Queensland.