'Sacred Water' launch marks start of National Reconciliation Week

27-05-2016

'Sacred Water' launch marks start of National Reconciliation Week

SA Water is proud to announce the launch of a new student activity titled ‘Sacred Water’, at the Kauwi Interpretive Centre, coinciding with the start of National Reconciliation Week.

The new activity will focus on helping students develop an understanding of the cultural importance of water and the ongoing connection that the Kaurna community have to the land and waters of the Adelaide region including the site of SA Water’s Adelaide Desalination Plant.

SA Water’s Manager of Community Relations Phil Jones said it will complement the existing activities students complete during their learning at the Kauwi Interpretive Centre.

"The new cultural focus is part of SA Water’s third Reconciliation Action Plan, which ensures Aboriginal heritage is recognised, protected, valued and managed on both land and waters which SA Water interacts with," said Phil.

"The development of this cultural component delivered to students is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation across all areas of our organisation.

"This additional activity to learning will provide students with a deeper understanding of the connection between the land, waters and the Kaurna Community."

A collaborative approach with DECD Aboriginal Education Unit was taken in developing the content to ensure it meets the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

Students from Woodcroft College will today (Friday 27 May), be the first to participate in activities using the new cultural activity at the centre, along with invited guests who will be able to observe the activity in action.

The Kauwi Interpretive Centre also features a replica Kaurna shield, signage as well as a bushtukka garden that were developed in conjunction with the Kaurna community, the original custodians of the land. The word ‘kauwi’ is the Kaurna word for ‘water’.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June.

The dates acknowledge two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the national census, and the High Court Mabo decision.

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