Howard Butler, Eithan Butler, Jefferson Skinner-Beesley, Edward Lawton dance.
Howard Butler, Eithan Butler, Jefferson Skinner-Beesley, Edward Lawton dance. Craig Warhurst

GALLERY: Flags flown with pride on Reconciliation Walk

"WE MARCH to say we are proud, we are strong, we have a culture, and it is alive.

"It is kicking.

"It's not only alive, it is thriving more than ever."

Those were Gidarjil Corporation director Kerry Blackman's words after hundreds of Bundaberg's Indigenous community walked through the city yesterday as part of NAIDOC Week.

The Reconciliation Walk moved down Bourbong St and across the Burnett Traffic Bridge, ending at a festival held in Lions Park with a smoking ceremony, speeches, song and dance.

"Bundaberg was disrupted in the march for 30 minutes.

"Our lives have been disrupted for 228 years, and there's still no negotiation of a treaty," Mr Blackman said.

"We fought for the flag to be flown at the council chambers. It's happening, because people stood up.

"We're still on the bottom of every socioeconomic indicator in this country and things have to change."

Leanne Donaldson attended the event, saying "It is growing every year.

"This week has been wonderful already and the ball tomorrow night will be the icing on the cake."

Mr Blackman spoke passionately about the need for a treaty with first nations people.

"It's about self determination, for self management; setting our own agenda, not somebody else talking for us, making our decisions for us."

Gidarjil rangers and members of the Seed youth climate change action group were among those in the march, which was punctuated by traditional dance and chants of "Always was, always will be Aboriginal land".



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