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Little Bee launches Reconciliation Action Plan

THE Tasmanian Aboriginal community and culture will be celebrated at a free educational event on the Eastern Shore in October.

Little Bee Early Years Learning and Child Care Centre, in conjunction with Ballawinne Aboriginal Corporation, are hosting a not-for-profit festival to launch its Reconciliation Action Plan.

Held on Sunday 17 October, the festival will be held at Little Bee Airport, 5 Llanherne Drive, Cambridge, from 10am to 2pm.

It will open with a raising of flags by Aboriginal Elder Aunty Lee-Anne Goodwin and her granddaughter Mila who attends Little Bee, and the Welcome to Country delivered by Todd Sculthorpe.

There will also be an Aboriginal cleansing ceremony and dance, live music, body art, jewellery making, basket weaving, spear making, several interactive art exhibitions, storytelling and puppet show, a mutton bird display, a display of educational resources from the Aboriginal Education Library, food vans, and a free barbecue.

Little Bee owner Kath Lewin said it would be an educational event that would be worthwhile and inclusive for all Tasmanian families, regardless of their cultural background.

“Many of our cultural stalls are both educational and interactive and will be aimed at people of all ages, from young children through to adults,” she said.

“We hope our festival will be a beautiful celebration of our growing relationships, connections, and pride for the Aboriginal community and reconciliation at Little Bee.

“We acknowledge and celebrate the diverse talents, skills and abilities of our Aboriginal community and look forward to further supporting Aboriginal education for families and children who attend Little Bee, as well as others in the wider community.”

For more information, phone 6248 5994 or email littlebee@littlebee.net.au.