DEMOCRASY IN AUSTRALIA ALLOWED INDIGINOUS PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR OWN FLAG AS SYMBOL OF HARMONY.DO YOU THINK BATAK PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN FLAG IN SIDE INDONESIA?answer … is there any democrasy in your head?
|4 March 2005|
|A traditional smoking ceremony will be performed on the indigenous flag, and the Moyne Shire Statement of Commitment will be signed by Councillors and indigenous leaders at Tower Hill next Tuesday.The entire Moyne community is invited to take part in the community celebrations surrounding the smoking ceremony and signing of the statement, which outlines the Council’s commitment to indigenous communities.Moyne Mayor Cr Brenda Hampson said it would be a great privilege to witness the ceremony and take part in the celebrations, which would include the announcement of the Reconciliation Art Competition winners and entertainment by local musician Andy Alberts.”This celebration is the culmination of many months of hard work by the Moyne Reconciliation Committee, which has brought together four indigenous groups and Council representatives including chair Cr Dick Prendergast,” she said.
“The Committee is committed to furthering reconciliation in Moyne Shire and Tuesday’s celebrations will mark a very special occasion when Moyne Shire confirms its commitment to work proactively towards reconciliation with its indigenous community members.”
Cr Hampson said all attendees at the Tower Hill celebrations would be invited to write their own special message or personal commitment and pin it to the Moyne Statement of Commitment board.
The Council made a resolution last year to fly the Aboriginal flag at all Moyne Shire offices.
More than 150 entries were received in the Reconciliation Art Competition, which sought a piece of work to accompany the Statement of Commitment in either a border, backdrop, watermark or artistic impression.
The Statement will go on display with the winning entry, to be announced by Cr Hampson at Tuesday’s celebrations.
The celebrations will be held at Tower Hill State Game Reserve, Princes Highway, Tower Hill, on Tuesday March 8 from 11am to 2pm.
Cr Brenda Hampson