LEAD hosted Hand-in-Hand: Make it Happen… Make it Matter conference on the 14th & 15th March at Novotel, Rooty Hill. It was a privilege for us all to gather on Darug Country and be welcomed by Uncle Colin Locke on both Day 1 and Day 2. One of the highlights of Day 2 was the ‘Yarning with Elders’ session where Uncle Colin Locke, Aunty Marie Clegg and Erin Wilkins shared stories about their life-journey, what Reconciliation means to them and what actions for reconciliation they would like to see from the Community Sector practitioners. This session was facilitated by Michael Field from Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services. The key advice was to avoid tokenistic gestures and how we all need to walk together on the path towards Reconciliation emphasizing the importance that non-indigenous people share the ‘cultural load’ that most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees currently carry in organisations.
We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to Uncle Colin Locke, Aunty Marie Clegg and Erin Wilkins for their presence and sharing their knowledge and wisdom at the Hand-in-Hand: Make it Happen… Make it Matter conference.