Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Mental Health; Aboriginal Affairs; Industrial Relations

    Street banners celebrate National Reconciliation Week

    1/06/2021 6:00 AM
     
    • ​122 organisations sponsor more than 310 banners through the Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project
    • Theme for this year is 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action'

    Organisations from across Western Australia are showing their commitment to and support for reconciliation by sponsoring a banner through the Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project.

     

    Now in its 10th year, 122 organisations have sponsored more than 310 banners through the program, across the Perth CBD and 17 local government areas.

     

    This year's banner features stunning artwork by Aboriginal artist Tee Jay (Thomas) Worrigal.

     

    Now living in Perth, Tee Jay was born in Derby and raised at Yiyili on Gooniyandi country. He was taught to paint by many family elders, and now views the creation of his art as an important way to pass on knowledge and continue cultural tradition.

     

    His artwork references the burning of country, rebirth, regrowth and beauty, and was exhibited at the 2019 Revealed: Emerging Aboriginal Artist exhibition.

    National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia every year from May 27 to June 3.

     

    This year's reconciliation message is 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action', urging the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

     

    The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries co-ordinates the Street Banner Project, partnering with local councils and sponsors to display the banners in prominent locations across WA. 

     

    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "The theme of this year's Reconciliation Week is fitting, given the current climate across the world - people are becoming less tolerant of prejudice and ready to take action.

     

    "The Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project is a great way for organisations to show their commitment to active, peaceful, meaningful change.

     

    "Reconciliation is a journey and I encourage everyone to keep reconciliation at the forefront of their minds, not only this week, but every week.

     

    "Together, we can build greater mutual understanding, respect and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, achievements, arts and culture."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5800