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Colourful celebration for Reconciliation Week

Colourful celebration for Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week was celebrated at Barossa Bushgardens last Wednesday as hundreds of children learned about indigenous culture.

Following a welcome by Aboriginal elders representing the Njari and Peramangk tribes, five hundred children from the local kindergartens; Light Pass and Nuriootpa Primary schools and Nuriootpa High School tried their hand at a range of crafts including weaving, painting and feather flower making.

Hosted by Barossa Bushgardens, Ms Kate Jenkins said the day was a celebration of culture and the importance the area has for indigenous communities.

“It’s about connecting… about awareness and the health and wellbeing of cultures,” she said.

Organised by Country Health SA, the day included self-guided information walks through the gardens and a guided tour of the Traditional Uses Trail.

“There were things about Aboriginal Reconciliation right through the garden and as you walked through you could read the signs. It was a real learning day,” said Kate.

“It was wonderful, fairly free-form….there was always something to do and it was lovely to have the elders here.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.