Culture came together with the latest in digital technology on Friday, as TAFE staff from more than 35 locations across western NSW tuned into National Reconciliation Week celebrations via video link.
The morning tea not only recognised TAFEs commitment to improving educational and employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples but was also a platform to discuss and share stories of Australias land, people and culture.
TAFE NSW Senior Manager of Aboriginal Engagement, Uncle Rod Towney welcomed guests with an Acknowledgement to Country in language.
Guests were treated to presentations by Aboriginal elders Aunty Pat Doolan from Dubbo and Aunty Yvonne Kent from Tamworth who shared their experiences and stories and discussed what reconciliation means to them.
Uncle Rod Towney, said the morning tea conference is important to stop and meet simultaneously to acknowledge this important occasion.
“As one of the largest trainers of Aboriginal students and employer of Aboriginal peoples in the state its vitally important that TAFE NSW employees stop to reflect on what National Reconciliation Week really stands for,” Mr Towney, a proud Wiradjuri man, said.
“It is a great opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal employees to get together to not only celebrate TAFE NSWs commitment to improving education and employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples, but to share stories of land, people and culture.”
National Reconciliation Week (May 27-June 3) this year has a theme of Dont Keep History a Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow.