Reconciliation Week at CityWest Children's Centre in Pyrmont began with a Sea of Hands art installation that was made collaboratively with the children, educators, families and local community. The Sea of Hands was placed in a community park and attracted lots of attention by locals passing by. Many locals were attracted by the artwork and stopped to chat with educators and ask questions about Reconciliation Week.
To extend on the community art installation the service organised a Reconciliation morning tea. Deb who is the centre cook and a local Aboriginal community member spent the morning baking damper for the special event. The damper along with native jams, honey and lemon myrtle tea was served up to the community who were appreciative of this warm offering on a cold crisp morning.
I think the way the educators at CityWest reached out to the community and involved them in their Reconciliation Week celebrations is incredible. Many locals had no idea about Reconciliation Week and what this time of the year means for Aboriginal people. By taking their program outside the centre gates they showed their inclusive values and beliefs about educating and raising awareness about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and current affairs.
Well done CityWest!