THE congregation at Queanbeyan’s Reconciliation Walk is growing bigger and bigger each year.
On Tuesday, Aboriginal elders joined hundreds of school children and community members to parade down the main street and show their support for reconciliation.
The group ended their walk at Queanbeyan Park where they were welcomed by Ngambri elder Louise Brown who stressed the importance of passing on the meaning of reconciliation.
‘‘Our culture needs to be preserved for all generations,’’ she said. ‘‘Reconciliation means everyone coming together, our children, our future especially Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.’’
Queanbeyan mayor Tim Overall got into the spirit of the day by getting the crowd to spell out ‘‘respect’’ – an important aspect of reconciliation. ‘‘The theme [of National Reconciliation Week is] Let’s Talk Recognition, how you interpret this theme is up to you,’’ he said. ‘‘To embark and continue on this journey together will all make us better.’’
Cr Overall was joined by Aunty Louise Brown to raise the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and cut the reconciliation cake.