To mark National Reconciliation Week 2022, we had the privilege to hold several community events across our footprint in Casino, Tweed Heads, and Lismore. Each event was an opportunity to share our commitment to Reconciliation with our supportive community, bringing everyone together to embrace this journey with openness, courage, and mindfulness, to grow from the challenges and build on the successes.
On Thursday, May 26 we held our Casino event at our Casino Neighbourhood Centre, and opened doors to local Aboriginal elders and the Aboriginal community, stallholders, Momentum Collective clients and local members of the Casino community.
This community event was not only to honour National Reconciliation Week, but it was also to celebrate Beef Week and forty-three years of history and service of our very own Casino Neighbourhood Centre.
The day consisted of numerous stallholders sharing information with community members, a talented band performing in front of our Casino Neighbourhood Centre on the street, a delicious sausage sizzle, face painting, and more. It was a beautiful chance to bring everyone together to listen to real stories from our elders and have conversations about how we can continue to grow from the challenges, be brave and make the change.
The official week of National Reconciliation Week started with our community event in Tweed Heads at Chris Cunningham Park. The morning began with vibrant blue skies and sunshine while our Momentum Collective team set up and welcomed devoted stallholders who were joining us.
Garry Kafoa, our dedicated Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander Cultural Officer, welcomed our supportive Aboriginal elders and members of the community, our local stallholders, devoted councillors, and Momentum Collective staff. The day followed with a Welcome to Country performed by Uncle Vic, a sacred smoking ceremony, live entertainment, and a delicious lunch.
“This year’s National Reconciliation Week is ‘Be Brave, Make Change’. I think it’s an opportunity for all of us to brave and work together to enable the future in the services we provide, and how we link together to service the vulnerable people in our community.” – Momentum Collective CEO, Tracey Mackie
To end a significant week of Reconciliation celebrations, we invited our local Lismore community, elders and Aboriginal community, local Lismore councillors, and The Honourable to celebrate National Reconciliation Week at our Uralba Street location in Lismore.
Everyone joined together in the backyard under the beautiful trees and listened to Aunty Jenny perform Welcome to Country. An intimate smoking ceremony followed, and everyone gathered around to listen to our CEO Tracey Mackie talk about our commitment to reconciliation, and the ways we are can be brave and make change with the support of our community.
The day continued with sunshine, a tasty sausage sizzle, and live entertainment by the talented Uncle Jeff, who is a well known musician in his Lismore community.
We are incredibly grateful to have shared our commitment to Reconciliation with our community and to share the launch of our third RAP 2021 -2023. Our organisation is committed to turning good intentions into positive actions to build solid and trusting relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Momentum collective is committed to providing a culturally safe workplace and increasing opportunities, and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families, and communities across our footprint.