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Sharing culture part of National Reconciliation Week celebrations

South Regional TAFE will celebrate National Reconciliation Week and hold events from 27 May.

Students and staff are encouraged to take the opportunity to learn more about shared culture and histories through resources available, and attend events and workshops on offer.

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Duncan Anderson said the college’s Aboriginal Programs team had been working closely with the community members to create a program of activities that will encourage participation.

 “The theme ‘Grounded in Truth – Walk together with courage’ fits well with the college and our Reconciliation Action Plan,” he said.

“It is important we celebrate National Reconciliation Week because it helps us build stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encourages everyone to work together.

 “As part of National Reconciliation Week the college has invited Aboriginal Elders to participate in a luncheon with our management team at Epicure Training Restaurant. “This is a chance for staff to hear from highly respected Elders on issues that are important to them and discuss how we can further support our Aboriginal students and enhance training opportunities.”

The lunch will be prepared by commercial cookery students and served by hospitality students enabling them to showcase their skills and experience and create further engagement in the event.

South Regional TAFE’S Reconciliation Action Plan – Innovate (2018 to 2020) details the vision and strategies for further development of programs for cultural education and promoting employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It also further encourages respect for Aboriginal people and actions to create stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

During National Reconciliation Week staff are invited to attend cultural awareness workshops to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

National Reconciliation Week displays and Community Services information and resources will be exhibited in most campuses.

For further information on TAFE’S Reconciliation Action Plan, phone Aboriginal Programs Manager Shirley Hansen on 9892 8779.

Photo: Community Services students are pictured with Bunbury Aboriginal Programs team members in front of the National Reconciliation Week display. The students are preparing for Community Services display day which is part of the National Reconciliation Week celebrations at the Bunbury Campus.

 

Page last updated May 27, 2019