GOMEROI elders say the future is in good hands as student leaders from across cultures called for reconciliation in Tamworth.
It might have been one of Tamworth's coldest days of 2019, to date, but more and more in the community are warming to the need to address the "truth and brutality" of Australia's history.
Hundreds of people marched through the CBD to mark National Reconciliation Week before listening to a number of speeches by local high school students on Wednesday.
Oxley High Girls Academy member Ryli Johnson said equality was essential if Australia was to portray itself as "the land of the fair go".
"For Aboriginal people, it means the wrongs of the past will not be repeated that our culture will be respected and taught," she said.
"Reconciliation means students like me will be able to access a higher education and improve, not only our lives but, the lives of people around us and ultimately this nation."
Elder Aunty Yvonne Kent said the long walk had a bigger turnout than previous years and future was in good hands.
"I can sere our future is in good hands" she said.
"Walking together, yarning together with someone we don't know ... I think that brings understanding, closeness and recognition and I think that brings community together."