Kids from Keilor East have walked across the suburb today in solidarity with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as part of the Little Long Walk.
I’d like to congratulate the children for being such powerful advocates for social change and reconciliation in their community.Cr Narelle Sharpe
Kids from Milleara Gardens Kindergarten, Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre and St Peter’s Primary School marched across Keilor East this morning, finishing at Overland Reserve.
Promoting understanding and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, and of Wurundjeri culture in particular, was at the forefront of the walk.
This is the second year in a row we've run the Little Long Walk. Last year kids from three local pre-schools marched across Airport West joined by players from Essendon Football Club and Airport West Football Club.
The kids were very excited to take part in the event, even doing their own Acknowledgement of Country song assisted by The Long Walk Foundation's Shelley Ware, the popular media personality known for her role on the Marngrook Footy Show.
They then took part in a number of activities, including painting and drawing, storytelling, and Marngrook footy (Auskick), with food provided by indigenous company Pawa Catering.
Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said the Little Long Walk has not only taught the kids about Aboriginal culture and history but also helped foster a greater sense of community in Keilor East.
"The Little Long Walk has an important message for everyone," Cr Sharpe said. "It was inspired by Indigenous leader and AFL great Michael Long’s walk from Melbourne to Canberra back in 2004 to advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights.
"The initiative also empowers our children as active citizens while encouraging walking through our local parks and gardens.
"I’d like to congratulate the children for being such powerful advocates for social change and reconciliation in their community."
In the lead-up to the event the kids took part in banner-making workshops and workshops with Shelley Ware in preparation for the march through the streets of Keilor East.
“The idea for this event comes out of a commitment in Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan to deliver early years resources to educate children from across Moonee Valley about reconciliation,” Council's spokesperson for access, diversity, equity and inclusion, Cr Cam Nation, said.
“We encourage you all to get out and get walking and learn more about our First Nations People and the Traditional Custodians of this land.”