Smoking ceremony marks unveiling of Aboriginal flags

Pictured: Students from Greenmount Primary school perform an Aboriginal dance and song led by Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer Cindy Nelson.

SHIRE of Mundaring held an event on Tuesday 6 March to mark the official unveiling of Aboriginal flags to be permanently displayed in the Council Chambers and Civic Reception Room.

Shire President John Daw opened the event which included a smoking ceremony led by Senior Whadjuk Yok woman, Cindy Nelson. Local children from Greenmount Primary School performed a traditional dance which was a big hit among guests. Later in the morning, a yarning circle was formed and bush tucker was served for morning tea.

The flags were unveiled by Di Ryder, a member of the Swan Alliance Leadership Group and Community Committee and the Nagla Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Group. Di is also on the Moort Boodjara Mia Reference Group and Midland NAIDOC committee.

At the event, Cr Daw described reconciliation as a journey that all Australians are sharing.

"Shire of Mundaring and its community are on that journey at this very moment," he said.

"This ceremony allows us to recognise the wrongs of the past that have happened to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and commit to make sure this never happens again. It represents a gesture of healing."

Flag mounts were cleverly designed and constructed for the special occasion by members of the Mundaring Community Men's Shed. Each mount displays the Aboriginal, State and National flags, representing recognition of their contribution to the country at all levels.

"This is an important way for the Shire's community to show respect for the traditional owners of this land, the Nyungar people, and for all Aboriginal Australians," Cr Daw said.

The Shire of Mundaring event was attended by Jessica Shaw MLA City of Swan Mayor, David Lucas, Shire Councillors and staff and members of the community.

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