Bush tucker on the menu for Reconciliation Week at IWC

Enjoy damper, kangaroo sliders, meatballs and salad, topped off with a slice of lemon myrtle cheesecake for Reconciliation Week.

IWC Reconciliation Weel
IWC team member Simone Fletcher with the IWC cafe menu, ready for Reconciliation Week.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Reconciliation Week 2019 from Monday with bush tucker and events run by the IWC.

Honouring the past while looking to the future is how Reconciliation in Action is being delivered across the Bundaberg Region by the IWC.

As part of this, bush tucker will be on the menu at the IWC Health and Wellbeing Centre’s Guava Café.

IWC spokeswoman Janette Young said the café was open every day from 8am to 2pm.

“Come along and enjoy damper, kangaroo sliders, meatballs and salad, and top it off with a slice of lemon myrtle cheesecake,” Janette said.

The IWC Reconciliation Week 2019 celebrations include a week-long display of Indigenous artefacts, art, language and history.

There also will also be an Aboriginal healing circle work and cultural responsiveness training.

IWC Reconciliation Week 2019 celebrations

All week there will be displays at IWC Health and Wellbeing Centre.

  • Display of Indigenous artefacts and artworks
  • Enter a Reconciliation Week colouring competition
  • Lucky prize draw
  • Bush tucker at the Guava Café
  • Learn about symbolism in Aboriginal art and language

The week-long display will conclude with a community celebration from 10am-noon on Monday, 3 June.

“This will include an Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony with didgeridoo, traditional face-painting with ochre, beading activities, dance and music, and a free sausage sizzle,” said Mrs Young. 

Traditional owner Byron Broome, of the Taribelang Cultural Aboriginal Corporation, will deliver the smoking ceremony at the 3 June event.

What is Reconciliation in Action

IWC Director Aunty Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian said Reconciliation in Action meant coming together in honesty and integrity, working for the highest good of everyone in the community.

“It is something we practise every day at IWC, as part of our holistic, whole-of-person operations,” she said.

“So Reconciliation Week is an important national event for us.

“The theme of ‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage’ is being lived right here, right now, in our communities.”

Important time of year in the community

Bundaberg Regional Mayor Jack Dempsey said National Reconciliation Week was an important time of year and served as a reminder to explore how each individual could contribute to achieving reconciliation.

“While it is well and good to say that a spirit of reconciliation exists it really is a case of actions speaking louder than words,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“I am sure it is everyone’s hope that as our journey of life continues we can all strive to uphold the values that bind us as people”And gain the strength of character to walk together with courage.”