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WITH National Reconciliation Week 2020 starting tomorrow (June 27), Aboriginal community-driven organisation IWC has taken steps to ensure it stays firmly on the radar in our region.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IWC is unable to invite the usual crowds to their Health & Wellbeing Complex in Bundaberg – so it has taken Reconciliation Week online.

“Reconciliation in Action is embedded in IWC operations all year round, and on our website you will find a range of resources which share First Nation culture with everyone in our communities,” said IWC CEO Ara Harathunian.

The new resources are being launched tomorrow (June 27) but will be available after the celebratory week ends.

At www.iwc.org.au, you can find information on:

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

“The content is strongly visual, with videos to watch and posters to download,” said Mr Harathunian. “We have a virtual tour of the pictorial screens and the artworks, which is an Australian first, and also of the permanent display of Indigenous artefacts, which is the largest in the region.”

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.

Mr Harathunian said: “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.”

IWC is the largest employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the region, and offers services to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people without discrimination. Its services include Medical & Health, Family & Community, and Cultural Healing.