Chantellle Woods, at Kingscliff TAFE, is marking National Reconciliation Week by encouraging people to talk about cultures.
Chantellle Woods, at Kingscliff TAFE, is marking National Reconciliation Week by encouraging people to talk about cultures. John Gass

Talking about reconciliation

THE Bit of Black Business short film compilation showing at Kingscliff TAFE as part of National Reconciliation Week has been lost or delayed in the mail.

The week's message "Let's talk recognition" has not been lost, Aboriginal Learning liaison officer Chantelle Woods said.

"It's about recognising Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures," Ms Woods said.

And she said the key to reconciliation was all about education.

"People can be proactive in making themselves more aware of Indigenous issues: they can go read an article or visit an Indigenous website.

"Ask some questions and get involved."

Ms Woods facilitates an internal reference service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and helps develop their educational pathways.

"TAFE's great in its support of Indigenous students," she said.

The missing film was replaced by a documentary and a well-attended barbecue went ahead despite the cold, wet weather.

Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia between May 27-June 3.

It commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

North Coast TAFE director Elizabeth McGregor said the week was a time for learning about our shared histories, cultures, achievements and the future of the reconciliation effort.

"More than one in 10 of NSW's Indigenous people live on the North Coast, and we're home to three of the most commonly spoken Aboriginal languages of NSW," Ms McGregor said.

North Coast TAFE shares the belief that education is key to closing the gap, sharing cultures, and achieving reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians," she said.



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