RQI Co-Chair Peter Jackson visited Cairns during the 2011 National Reconciliation Week and attended the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business Forum and the Queensland Reconciliation Awards held in FNQ for the first time.
RQI earlier this year conducted a series of fundraising events in order to raise monies for the flood affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families living in the Rockhampton district. Co-Chair Peter Jackson presented a cheque for $1200 to representatives of the Central Queensland Indigenous Development Company which is a training organisation which supports the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community in Rockhampton.
There were many highlights during Co-Chair Peter Jackson’s journey up the east coast of Queensland which included five days of NAIDOC Week celebrations at Mungalla Station. The property is located in the Hinchenbrook region east of Ingham and is now owned by the traditional owners of the region, the Nywaigi Community.
The Gap group and some members of the Nywaigi Aboriginal Community also visited Cardwell and the local district, and spent a day of cultural immersion with members of the six clans which make up the Cardwell Aboriginal Community including the Girramay people.
A very rare opportunity was presented to The Gap group and some members of the Nywaigi Aboriginal Community when they were invited to visit Palm Island for a day by Uncle Walter Palm Island, the senior Elder of the Manbarra people who are the traditional owners of Palm Island.
Co-Chair Peter Jackson, on behalf of RQI, presented a cheque for $750 to the local Nywaigil Aboriginal Community and indicated that it was intended that these funds be used to increase their range of cultural resources to be used to promote aspects of Reconciliation among the many visitors to Mungalla Station.
Aunty Heather Castledine, in her capacity as Co-Chair, attended the following events during NRW, to spread the word of reconciliation. We were delighted to have a presence at these events and to actively participate in the spirit of NWR.
- Launch of Relationships Australia RAP
- Launch of Elders Calender
- Southern Primary Health Care Network dinner
- State Library Awards
- Indigenous Veterans Wreath Laying Ceremony
- Royal Brisbane Hospital’s Market Day
- Logan Library – to give a speech about RAPs
- Logan Central Community Health Care – speech