Reconciliation Week at DHS
DHS held a range of events across Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) attended by a large number of staff and members of the public.
The department’s presence at the Sorry Day event in Victoria Square on 25 May attracted plenty of attention, including from the school students in attendance. Many took the time to get their hands dirty and contribute to the canvas featuring artist and Kaurna man Allan Sumner's Reconciliation piece, 'Cultural Maintenance'.
The Karrawirra Room at the Riverside Centre in Adelaide was launched early in the week, including wall panels featuring Allan's artwork, as well as a display explaining the individual aspects of the piece. Around 60 staff visited the room during the week, and took the time to add to the Sorry Day canvas.
About 30 people participated in an insightful discussion at the writer's event, where attendees heard from three Aboriginal writers and learned about the importance of storytelling in uncovering culture and shared histories.