02 June, 2023


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Local children are being invited to get their creative juices flowing and show what reconciliation means to them through art.
As part of Council’s 2023 Reconciliation Week celebrations, the inaugural First Nations Art Competition is open to children and teens up to the age of 17, with three age categories and prizes of up to $80 to be won.
Aunty Lyn Martin, local Darug elder and president of the Bankstown Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, said the aim of the competition was to teach children about National Reconciliation Week which is held annual from 27 May-3 June.
“Reconciliation Week is a time of sharing and trying to get other cultures to understand our culture,” Aunty Lyn said.
She said the competition was a great opportunity for children to learn and explore how they can contribute to achieving reconciliation in their communities.
Mayor Khal Asfour acknowledged the traditional custodians of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug and the Eora people.
He said reconciliation must also live in the hearts, minds and actions of all of us.
“We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation and in playing our part, we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ histories, cultures and futures,” Mayor Asfour said.
Entries for the First Nations Art Competition are open until 7 May. Artworks will be displayed at the Bryan Brown Theatre where the winners will be announced on Monday 29 May.
To enter the competition and upload your artwork, visit cb.city/NRWartcomp

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