One community coming together.
This was the message organisers promoted at this year’s “Walk and Talk” events to commemorate National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week.
On May 26 and 27, Griffith staff, students and members of the wider community joined together for the two key events in Brisbane and Gold Coast.
Gumurrii Student Support Unit Director Shane Barnes said the “Walk and Talk”, which was in its fourth year, was an opportunity to reflect on the significance of National Sorry Day.
“It is a time to remember the injustices imposed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” he said.
“By acknowledging and recognising these injustices it gives a platform for all Australians to move forward in the spirit of Reconciliation.
Participants were welcomed by the GUMURRII Student Support Unit, Griffith Council of Elders and Griffith Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and invited everyone to a morning tea after the walk.
The events were attended by Professor O’Connor, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Ned Pankhurst, Professor Adam Shoemaker, Professor Martin Betts, Griffith’s Council of Elders, students from Yarranlea Primary School, staff from the Menzies Institute, Kalwun Development Corporation and The Smith Family.
As part of this important National event Griffith encourages everyone to view the Griffith University Reconciliation Action Plan online and complete the survey.