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Mareeba residents exploring indigenous artefacts with a representative from Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation. Image: Contributed

Reconciliation Week commemorated at Mareeba

In celebration of Reconciliation Week, Mareeba Aged Care residents in Maclean met the local Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation.

2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and this year’s theme, “More than a Word urges more impactful action to forge deeper understanding within the community. It requires determination if we are to achieve a more equitable, reconciled Australia.

Michael Laurie is a representative from Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation and speaks the Yaegl, Bundjalung and Gumbaynggir languages. He explained to Mareeba residents the importance of Reconciliation Week. He sang a traditional song to residents who were enthralled by local indigenous artefacts.

Facility Manager Rachel Bennett said, “It was a fascinating visit for our residents and staff, some of whom are of aboriginal descent. It is so important to value, engage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly in our own community.

“We enjoyed the visit so much we can’t wait to welcome Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation back for Naidoc Week in July.”