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NAIDOC day celebrations at Lismore Turf Club

Cathy Adams
Updated August 30 2022 - 2:06pm, first published August 25 2022 - 5:40pm

A local Indigenous man said seeing so many young faces at Lismore's NAIDOC Day celebrations gave hope for the future of reconciliation.

Malcolm Saunderson is a Lismore council employee who has worked on the council's new Reconciliation Action Plan and said days like this offered a chance to plant the seed of change early.

Dancers from The Rivers College at NAIDOC Day celebrations. Picture by Cathy Adams
Dancers from The Rivers College at NAIDOC Day celebrations. Picture by Cathy Adams

"If we can spark the change in young brains early... I'm hoping it's going to nut out a lot of racism, its going to cement a pathway to reconciliation," Malcolm said.

Implementing cultural awareness training in organisations like the council was another important way racism could be overcome he said - for everyone from the employees to the managers - "because no one's better than anyone else".

"It's a document for council so the community can hold us accountable. Before council could approach reconciliation, we had to look in our own backyard within council first - it's a very good step in the right direction."

He said there's been a big cultural shift in the past few years and the new reconciliation policy was a step in the right direction.

Lismore City Council mayor Steve Krieg announced the new reconciliation policy for the council during the celebrations, and said it would make the organisation a more inclusive workplace.

"It's an internal document about how Lismore City Council can be a more inclusive employer. It's about including everyone and accepting everyone," Cr Krieg said.

Cathy Adams

Cathy Adams