Reconciliation is more than a word

Published: 14th July 2021

The LGAQ was pleased to support the inaugural ‘Reconciliation Takes Action’ breakfast held by Reconciliation Queensland on May 27 at Queensland Parliament to mark National Reconciliation Week.

The event was a shining example of how some of our nation’s most serious issues can be presented in a passionate, positive, powerful and persuasive manner.

Connecting with mayors, elders and local communities across the state, the event was live-streamed to seven local events around the state including Cooktown, Cairns, Tully, Townsville, Mount Isa, Mackay and Moranbah.

Master of Ceremonies for the morning, Uncle Bill Buchanan from the Management Committee of Reconciliation Queensland commended the LGAQ for the work we do with our councils—and, also caught up with the LGAQ delegation post-event to share the many ideas he has for working with councils, and the LGAQ, to create and support more action.

Uncle Bill praised, and thanked, Queensland councils for their ongoing commitment to Reconciliation actions and applauded the maturing relationships between local government, the State Government, corporates, community organisations and communities for the progress made on Reconciliation in Queensland over the past 15 years. For social purposes, be sure to tag #MoreThanAWord.

Positive thoughts:

•     Uncle Bill Buchanan, Reconciliation Queensland: We need to seriously consider a state of reconciliation report for Queensland.
•     Peter Jackson, Co-Chair Reconciliation Queensland: We can now see not just action, but traction. We have seen large steps in the last 15 years. Reconciliation is taking traction!
•     Dean Parkin, Campaign Director ‘From the Heart’: A voice to parliament, enshrined in constitution, is the key reform on the table.
•     Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA: The word of the morning: Treaty.