NAIDOC end of week events
UP TO 250 people gathered in the streets of Bundaberg today to participate in the Reconciliation March as part of the end of NAIDOC Week festivities.
Gidarjil managing director Kerry Blackman said the march went from the corner of Bourbong and Tantitha Sts to North Lions Park with a quick stop at the Bundaberg Regional Council chambers to hand over a petition to raise the Aboriginal flag.
"We have had two official meetings with the Bundaberg Regional Council in a pragmatic and diplomatic manner to request that they fly the Aboriginal flag not in a token gesture of one day a week or one week a year but all week round," Mr Blackman said.
"It's all fallen on deaf ears."
Mr Blackman said the next step was to hand over a petition signed by more than 1000 people.
"The petition is a combination of not only Aboriginal signatures but those from the wider community," he said.
"We gave another Aboriginal flag, which is the third one we have given them so hopefully they get the message soon that we don't want token gestures."
NAIDOC Week festivities continued at the Family Culture Day at North Lions Park after the march.
Luwanna Fatiaki participated in the march with her daughter and said the week was all about celebrating the culture and achievements of indigenous people.
"It is important for the wider community and Bundaberg to get involved and learn different things about indigenous culture," she said.