Learning from each other in truth and storytelling was at the core of the IWC Bundaberg Home Care National Reconciliation Week 2019 celebration on Monday.
IWC is Aboriginal community-controlled and non-government, and its Home Care services support frail and elderly people to stay in their own homes.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients of the service gathered for this week's event, which included didgeridoo music provided by Traditional Owner Byron Broome of the Taribelang Cultural Aboriginal Corporation (TCAC).
A Bush Tucker lunch of barramundi curry with lemon myrtle rice, with damper on the side, was served up, and then Mr Broome closed off the event with some guitar playing.
IWC Home Care manager Lynne Shanahan said the 2019 Reconciliation Week theme of ‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage’ was in evidence throughout the yarning session led by Mr Broome.
“It was very much two-way, and all about truth telling and storytelling,” said Ms Shanahan.
The TCAC delivers cultural sessions across Bundaberg region, with the statement “We All As One” underpinning all its presentations.
The delivery and content of the TCAC sessions is guided by Taribelang Elders.
Reconciliation Week activities until Monday
This week, there is a free display of Indigenous artefacts, language, art, flora and historic books at the IWC Health & Wellbeing Centre at 184 Barolin St, Bundaberg.
Bush Tucker is on sale at the Guava Café, and there is a colouring competition with prizes for all age groups.
On Monday 3 June, the IWC Reconciliation Week events will close with a free Community Celebration from 10 am to noon at the IWC Health & Wellbeing Centre.
It will include a traditional Smoking Ceremony Welcome to Country, plus a free sausage sizzle, Indigenous face painting, beading activities and Bush Tucker.
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