Bobby McLeay, left, and Deborah Breckenridge ready proceedings for the Clarence Valley Reconciliation Gathering at Ulugundahi I
Bobby McLeay, left, and Deborah Breckenridge ready proceedings for the Clarence Valley Reconciliation Gathering at Ulugundahi I

Reconciliation Week up and running

By ADRIAN MILLER

ULUGUNDAHI Island provided the perfect backdrop for the beginning of National Reconciliation Week on Sunday with more than 100 people attending a celebration of indigenous culture on the island.

The Clarence Valley Reconciliation Gathering provided a cultural feast for attendees, with everything from Aboriginal arts and crafts to indigenous dance and music on display.

The day began with a 'welcome to country' from Yaegl elders, before they shared their stories of growing up on the island and what activities occupied their young minds.

Aboriginal dance and music proved a popular hit throughout the day, with the crowd treated to performances from musician Lewis Walker and indigenous singers.

Yaegl Land Council Reconciliation Committee member Deborah Breckenridge said the island was the perfect place to hold the event.

"Everyone enjoyed the day and the island itself because it is filled with natural beauty," she said.

Mrs Breckenridge said the crowd thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

"It was a beautiful day for it, weather wise, as well as community wise," she said.

"We had people from Sydney come up especially for it and it was great to see members of the indigenous and non-indigenous communities come together for it.

"It was a very positive day and we were extremely happy with it."

National Reconciliation Week runs until Saturday.



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