RECONCILIATION ONLINE: Byron Broome playing the didgeridoo for several videos available online on the IWC site. Picture: Simon Young.
RECONCILIATION ONLINE: Byron Broome playing the didgeridoo for several videos available online on the IWC site. Picture: Simon Young.

IWC takes Reconciliation Week online during pandemic

AS RECONCILIATION Week begins, the Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) have taken steps to ensure the celebration continues in the North Burnett.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the IWC was unable to invite the community to take part in face-to-face celebrations, so it has taken Reconciliation Week online.

IWC CEO Ara Harathunian said ‘Reconciliation in Action’ has been embedded in IWC operations all year round, with a range of resources sharing First Nation culture now online for communities.

“Reconciliation in Action means sharing wisdom and knowledge between indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and the Voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our communities is now being heard,” Mr Harathunian said.

“The content is strongly visual, with videos to watch and posters to download.”

A virtual tour of the pictorial screens and the artworks is available, which is an Australian first.

There will also be a permanent display of indigenous artefacts, which is the largest in the Bundaberg region, according to Mr Harathunian.

The new resources have just been launched, but will be available after the celebratory week concludes.

If you head here, you can find information on:

  • The 80m-long pictorial screens that wrap the building, and the artworks used to create them
  • Healing Circle Work
  • Cultural Responsiveness Training
  • Aboriginal Art
  • The Taribelang language of Bundaberg region
  • Sand Stories

The IWC website has a new page titled “Honouring the Stories”, which contains interviews with Traditional Owners and Elders about their personal journeys and thoughts.


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