A new way to celebrate National Reconciliation Week

Published on 22 May 2020

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Horsham Town Hall will show an outdoor screening of Indigenous film Marngrook as part of National Reconciliation Week (NRW).

NRW, from 27 May to 3 June, is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation.

The theme for NRW 2020 is In This Together – an apt catchcry given the Coronavirus pandemic.

While the COVID-19 restrictions will limit the customary public events, Horsham Rural City Council and project partners Wimmera PCP and Federation University are committed to continuing the reconciliation conversation in 2020.  

The projection of the Marngrook video along with the development of a double-page reconciliation poster to appear in The Weekly Advertiser are two methods being used to keep NRW in the spotlight.

Marngrook, written by Titta Seacombe, was created in collaboration with Goolum Goolum last year as part of a NAIDOC Week exhibition and it is based on the notion of how Australian rules football developed from ‘Marngrook’, a ball game played by Aboriginal people in north west Victoria more than 150 years ago.  

The film’s story takes place at the foot of Duwul, the highest mountain in the Grampians and the traditional country of the Djab-Wurrung and Jardwadjali clans. When central character Wawi notices that the children only have old toys to play with, he goes for a walk to see what he can find.

Marngrook will show every day during NRW between 5am and 7am and 6pm and 10pm. The best spot to view the five-minute film, which will be on a continual loop, is on Pynsent Street where the community can adhere to social distancing regulations.

The Marngrook projection has been endorsed by Barengi Gadjin Land Council and the event will be promoted also through Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative.

The posters, to be published on Wednesday (the start of NRW), will give people the chance to trace one of their hands in the centre of the page and write or draw a message about what reconciliation means to them before displaying it in a window. 

Prior to displaying the poster in your window we invite you to share a photo with us to be sent to council@hrcc.vic.gov.au so Council can present the posters in a unified way to the community.

Mayor Mark Radford said it was important to continue to highlight the significance of National Reconciliation Week through the current restrictions.

“Walking together, with events during Reconciliation Week, is an important part of Council’s commitment to improve understanding and positive change, both within our organisation and in the Wimmera community,” Cr Radford said.

For more information about NRW, please visit Reconciliation Australia’s website.

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