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Reconciliation Breakfast

31 May 2017
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Award-winning Indigenous author and playwright Jane Harrison was the guest speaker at Beaconhills College’s Reconciliation Breakfast, held yesterday (30 May) at the Berwick Campus.

The breakfast was part of National Reconciliation Week, which the College is recognising with a series of activities and assemblies across both campuses.

While guests sampled a tasty breakfast made with Indigenous foods, Ms Harrison – who has written a play about the Stolen Generation – spoke about the need for all Australians to “understand our shared history”.

She encouraged non-Indigenous Australians to not be afraid to ask questions, to listen, suspend judgement and do their own research.

“There is a richness of Aboriginal culture that we can all learn from, celebrate and enjoy today,” she said. “We have to find allies who will walk beside us, not in front of us.”

Ms Harrison is doing presentations and writing workshops with students today at both campuses.

Beaconhills students helped make and serve the food at the breakfast.

Author and playwright Jane Harrison spoke at the Reconciliation Breakfast

Author and playwright Jane Harrison spoke at the Reconciliation Breakfast

 

Pic (l-r) Nicole Terrick, John Terrick, Lynette George, Tarlina Gardiner and Shaniah Terrick. Both John and Tarlina work at the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation Cultural Heritage Council.

(L-r) Nicole Terrick, John Terrick, Beaconhills’ Head of Indigenous Initiatives Lynette George, Tarlina Gardiner and Shaniah Terrick.  John and Tarlina work at the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation Cultural Heritage Council.



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