Big welcome for Recognise walkers at M.A.D.E

WALKERS making their way across the country in support of constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians were given a cheering welcome as they came to Ballarat yesterday.

Delegates from Recognise visited the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka for a welcome to country and smoking ceremony before receiving an official address from City of Ballarat mayor John Burt.

Students and residents will gather today for a community Recognise event at the indigenous playground at Lake Wendouree at 11.15am. 

The journey has so far made its way 100 kilometres from Melbourne to Ballarat, with plans to progress on to Adelaide and then across central Australia.

Journey to Recognition participant Shannan Dodson said the delegation was “a bit exhausted” but had received a positive response from all the communities they had visited so far.

“It lifts your spirits so much, to see how much these communities want to be involved in this and are 100 per cent behind recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” she said.

Recognition:  M.A.D.E director Jane Smith and Bryon Powell perform a smoking ceremony yesterday. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Recognition: M.A.D.E director Jane Smith and Bryon Powell perform a smoking ceremony yesterday. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE