‘Reconciliation takes action’: Calls for community to walk the talk at Sorry Day event

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Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Max Jetta, of Eaton, Bunbury Elder Mrs Melba Wallam and Yaka Dandjoo Events chair Karen Jetta held a bridge walk for Sorry Day last year.
Camera IconMax Jetta, of Eaton, Bunbury Elder Mrs Melba Wallam and Yaka Dandjoo Events chair Karen Jetta held a bridge walk for Sorry Day last year. Credit: Supplied

Tomorrow marks a day to reflect and remember the Stolen Generation and the years of pain and suffering endured by the First Nations people.

After the pandemic limited the usual scale of Bunbury’s Reconciliation Week bridge walk, tomorrow’s Sorry Day event provides a prime opportunity for people to incorporate this year’s theme of “more than a word, reconciliation takes action” into their lives.

Yaka Dandjoo Events chair Karen Jetta, who organised tomorrow’s event,said it was a chance for the community to put their words into action.

“I encourage everyone to put this week’s theme into action and join in and support the important cause,” she said.

“We’re looking back in history and acknowledging our past elders and the community and the work that was done to get to today.

“There’s a conversation that still needs to be happening, and we still have a way to go.”

The more we come together and support one another, the more we strengthen our capacity to build community together.

Karen Jetta

“It was awesome to see people come together in smaller groups to do their own walk last year, but we’ve definitely missed the big walk all together,” Ms Jetta said.

“The more we come together and support one another, the more we strengthen our capacity to build community together.

“And the more we work together, the more the wider community can see it is an easy process.”

Ms Jetta thanked the Bunbury City Council for supporting the event and encouraged community members to embrace the day.

“Wear your Indigenous shirts if you have them, they brighten up the day,” she said.

“It’s about being together, so come along and have a yarn.”

The walk will start at the Koombana Foreshore Reserve at 11am and march along Koombana Drive to Bicentennial Square.

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