National Reconciliation Week wrapped up

Kiernan Ironfield performing first song Sun Rise. Picture: DONGYUN KWON

By Dongyun Kwon

Healesville wrapped up the celebration of National Reconciliation Week with a special event in The Memo.

The event Now More Than Ever was held on Wednesday 5 June with a variety of performances, presentations and a discussion, emceed by Nelson Aldridge, Sam Piper and Nikki Madgwick.

It started with Welcome to Country by Jacqui Wandin and a welcome ceremony dance by Djirri Djirri followed by Yarra Ranges Mayor Cr Sophie Todorov’s speech.

The keynote speaker for the event was Shaun Middlebrook from the Yoorrook Justice Commission.

Kiernan Ironfield played Didgeridoo for two songs Sun Rise and Heal Country for three different messages Voice, Violence and Children.

Nikki Madgwick from Oonah Health and Community Services presented about her organisation’s work.

Nelson Aldridge and Andrew Peters discussed the meaning of reconciliation, particularly after the referendum last year.

The event was closed with a circus performance by Na Djinang.

The name of the event is named after the theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week, Now More Than Ever.