Valley to embrace Reconciliation process
By ADRIAN MILLER
A CELEBRATION of indigenous culture on Ulugundahi Island tomorrow will herald the start of this year's National Reconciliation Week.
Running until June 3, National Reconciliation Week offers Australians the opportunity to focus on reconciliation and to learn more about indigenous culture.
And the Clarence Valley Reconciliation Gathering on Ulugundahi Island tomorrow provides the perfect starting point for Valley residents.
The gathering will bring together indigenous and non-indigenous Australians to celebrate and share the history of the island, while demonstrating what life was like for Yaegl people who lived there.
Clarence Vally community development officer Susan Howland said the day promised a feast of culture.
"There's going to be historical displays, Aboriginal and non-indigenous music, arts and crafts, dance, story-telling and a barbecue," she said.
"The whole event is about a general sharing of Yaegl culture and history."
Mrs Howland said the cele- bration at Ulugundahi Island, which was added to the NSW Heritage Register in December 2004, would be the perfect start to National Reconciliation Week.
"It's about promoting the process of people getting together from all communities to achieve social justice for indigenous Australians," she said.
Mrs Howland said free bus transport from Malabugilmah, Baryulgil, Grafton, Maclean and Yamba would be provided by Clarence Community Transport and the barge between the island and Martins Point would run all day.
Sponsored by Clarence Valley Council, Nungera Co-Operative Society, Clarence Community Transport, Lower Clarence Magpie Group, Ulugundahi elders and Yaegl Land Council, the day will run from 10am to 2pm.