Make citizenship ceremonies better

'Powerful and emotional': Cr Meg Oates thinks smoking ceremonies and a welcome to country should be included in citizenship ceremonies. Picture: Simon Bennett

'Powerful and emotional': Cr Meg Oates thinks smoking ceremonies and a welcome to country should be included in citizenship ceremonies. Picture: Simon Bennett

Acting Campbelltown mayor Meg Oates wants the city’s citizenship ceremonies to be more inclusive of indigenous culture.

Cr Oates raised a notice of motion at last week’s council meeting requesting a report be delivered on how ‘indigenous cultural perspectives’ could be practically included in such ceremonies.

“I love our citizenship ceremonies, I think they’re incredibly welcoming and warm,” she said.

“But I think there is an opportunity to be inclusive and respectful to the indigenous populations of Campbelltown as this Aboriginal land at one time.

“We have a very Anglo ceremony and we have a chance to broaden the scope of what we can do.”

Cr Oates suggested a smoking ceremony and a welcome to country would be appropriate inclusions in all citizenship ceremonies.

“They are very powerful and emotional,” she said of the indigenous traditions.

“I think they make these things more significant.”

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