Indigenous relay arrives today

THE Recognise relay comes to Mount Isa today with a series of events planned in town.

 Organisers expect “scores” of Mount Isans  to welcome the Journey to Recognition and be part of this history-making journey. 

“The relay gives communities across the nation a chance to be part of the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in our country’s Constitution and to ensure there is no place for racial discrimination in it,” a spokeswoman said. 

“More than 219,000 Australians have signed up to the Recognise movement to fix the historical exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from Australia’s Constitution.”

Local singer Megan Sarmardin will perform at a community barbecue to welcome the Journey on Friday, performing songs from her stage production, Little Birung.  “It’s about my family history, focusing on the women in my family, focusing on my relationships with my grandmother,” Sarmardin said. 

Little Birung is inspired by the story of Sarmardin’s great-grandmother, Flora Hoolihan, and the stories she has passed on about her family history. 

The community barbecue will be held tomorrow from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at the lawn area outside the Civic Centre.

ON THE ROAD: The Recognition Relay sets out on the long journey from Townsville.

ON THE ROAD: The Recognition Relay sets out on the long journey from Townsville.

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