Reconciliation in Action
Reconciliation in Action is delivered right across IWC's operations every day, and within our Aboriginal community-controlled organisation First Nation Australians and non-Indigenous people work side by side to work for the highest good of our communities.
Find out more on this page through our:
- Virtual tour of the pictorial screens of the Aboriginal history of Bundaberg region
- Virtual tour of the permanent display of Indigenous artefacts at the IWC Health & Wellbeing Complex in Bundaberg
- ANZAC story from Uncle David Broome
- Sand Stories by Elder Aunty Josie Boyle
- Video about Healing Circle Work
- Video about Cultural Responsiveness training
- Language poster
- Symbolism in Aboriginal artwork information
Other key links:
From 27 May to 3 June 2020, Australia celebrates National Reconciliation Week (NRW).
It started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first NRW.
In 2000, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on Reconciliation. NRW is now celebrated by businesses, schools and early learning services, organisations, and individuals Australia-wide.
We invite you to enjoy these videos and other cultural information as part of our virtual celebration of NRW during the 2020 pandemic.
The creation of this page of resources for Reconciliation Week 2020 is dedicated to the memory of IWC Director and Chaplain Aunty Cheri Yingaa Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, who passed in late 2019. She is greatly missed by all.
IWC complex offers 80m-long pictorial screens of the Aboriginal history of Bundaberg region
The screens were created from the oral histories of Taribelang Bunda Traditional Owners and Elders, working with IWC and local artist Jacky Poulter. Jacky created original artworks capturing the oral histories and these were then used to make the massive aluminium screens that wrap the streetscape of the large complex.
At night, the screens are lit with colours again chosen by the Traditional Owners and Elders - blue for the ocean and Burnett River, ochre for the rich soil, and red for the blood spilled during the 19th-century massacres. The paintings, with plaques underneath telling the oral histories behind them, are on permanent display within the IWC Complex.
By sharing truth, and honouring the past, we move together towards a future set within Reconciliation in Action. You can hear interviews with Traditional Owners and Elders at the event, and with Screens artist Jacky Poulter, by clicking on this link.
These screens were created as part of the Stage 2 development of the IWC Health & Wellbeing Complex in Bundaberg. They measure 3m high x 80m long, and comprise 11 screens.
Each image shows important historic periods or Sacred Sites. Two of the screens depict the horrific massacres that took place in the region in the mid-19th century.
Take the virtual tour of the screens and artworks ...
Uncle David Broome tells of his personal journey towards Reconcilation as provided in this interview given on ANZAC Day 2020
Find out about Healing Circle Work
Find out about Cultural Responsiveness Training
IWC has a large collection of Aboriginal art, and these symbols have specific meaning within this cultural area. You can download these flyers to consult.
Reconcilation Week Celebrations 2019 at IWC Complex, Bundaberg
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to cancel the week of NRW week celebrations which include a Community Event for everyone, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. But here are some images from the 2019 RCW celebrations. Enjoy! It will be back next year.
Take a virtual tour of the largest permanent collection of Indigenous artefacts in Bundaberg
A smoking ceremony is an ancient Aboriginal custom - the smoke has cleansing properties.
The didgeridoo is possibly the world's oldest musical instrument, and is an important part of Aboriginal culture. It is held and played only by males.
Sharing language brings our communities together. This poster was created through the partnership of IWC Ltd and Taribelang Cultural Aboriginal Corporation.
Sand stories are a traditional way of sharing knowledge by First Nation Australians, and IWC is proud to work with West Australian Traditional Owner / Elder Aunty Josie Boyle to share these with you
In 2019, during our week of celebrations at the IWC Health and Wellbeing Complex in Bundaberg, we asked community members what Reconciliation in Action means to them. We reshare some of those thoughts.