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23 May 2011

Renowned musician Archie Roach will headline Healesville Sanctuary's Reconciliation Week celebration on Sunday 29 May.

The celebration, which includes the launch of Zoos Victoria first Reconciliation Action Plan, will include a day of Indigenous themed activities.

Healesville Sanctuary director Russel Traher said the day would be a fantastic celebration and a good opportunity to showcase the steps the Sanctuary has already taken towards reconciliation.

"We have already achieved many fantastic things at the Sanctuary including the inclusion of Aboriginal storytelling into the Spirits of the Sky show, increased employment opportunities and onsite interpretation signage, Sanctuary Dreaming, throughout the Sanctuary," Mr Traher said.

"There is no better place to celebrate our achievements, Zoos Victoria's Reconciliation Action Plan and Reconciliation Week than at Healesville Sanctuary.

"It's also a good opportunity to visit the Sanctuary and experience a close encounter with some of Australia's indigenous animals such as the dingoes, emus and koalas.

"Or enjoy Sprits of the Sky show and the stunning birds of prey that are native to Australia including the Wedge-tailed Eagle, Barking Owl and Kevin the Long-billed Corella that loves to talk."

Activities will commence at 1pm and will include a half hour performance by Archie Roach in the Brolga Room, a performance by the Jindi Worbak dancers and Bunjil the Eagle and rock painting and basket weaving activities.

Wurundjeri Elder Murrundindi will also demonstrate boomerang throwing after the Spirits of the Sky show that is shown at 12pm and 2.30pm. People are encouraged to visit the Sanctuary and join in the celebrations. Normal admission prices apply.