Aboriginal Victorians to Design Representative Body

On the 7th of September the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group called for community members to be a part of the new Community Assembly, which will provide reccommendations to the working group on the design of the statewide Aboriginal Representative body which will negotiate Treaty.

The Assembly will be modelled on the successful Geelong Citizens Jury, and Aboriginal Victorians over the age of 18 can apply to become members.

Once formed, the Aboriginal representative body will work with government to determine what is needed to support future treaty negotiations and engage with Aboriginal Victorians on the treaty process.

'The Aboriginal representative body will give a unified voice for our mob in treaty discussions for now and into the future. It is important that the community voice is at the heart of the design of the representative body' Jill Gallagher, Co-chair of the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group

Expressions of interest close on 6 October 2017. For more infromation on how to apply visit www.communityassembly.au

 

Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum

 

 

Our Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum was held on Saturday 26th August 2017 with an audience of over 60 reconciliation friends including Local Reconciliation Group representatives from across Victoria, individual community members and people new to reconciliation!

Jason Eades moderated the day and Reconciliation Victoria's Co-Chairs, Belinda Duarte and Michelle Isles provided an overview of our new strategy, outlining our facilitation role focussing on the areas of local government, building the capacity of new and existing local reconciliation groups and networks and defining our role in education - our Strategic Plan summary can be found here.

The forum provided an opportunity to hear about Reconciliation Victoria's work, including the initial outcomes of the Grassroots Reconciliation Local Reconciliation Groups Survey. There was discussion and sharing of ANTaR Victoria's and LRG's work as well as how to get involved in reconciliation in your community.

Jill Gallagher provided an update around Constitutional Reform and Treaty with opportunity for the audience to participate in some productive discussion.

We thank everyone for their valuable contributions on the day, particularly Jason Eades, Jill Gallagher, Local Reconciliation Group representatives and our volunteers who help us achieve a lot with very little! Check back soon for notes and handouts from the day.


About Us

Reconciliation Victoria is the product of a people's movement. Following the work of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, Reconciliation Victoria Inc. was established in 2002 by a group of individuals keen to address the unfinished business of the 'Roadmap to Reconciliation'.

As the State body for Reconciliation, Reconciliation Victoria has focused on leading the reconciliation process in Victoria by supporting the growth of Local Reconciliation Groups, promoting cultural awareness and education in the broader community, working with young people, developing strategic partnerships, and delivering the Community HART Awards in partnership with the Victorian Local Government Association.

Reconciliation Victoria has played a vital role in educating the public on important issues relevant to Aboriginal Victorians. We recognise the great disparity in outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on health, education and employment, and seek to do better. Indeed, we must continue to push government and others to do better on these issues.

Reconciliation Victoria has championed the recognition of Aboriginal Victorians as the first Victorians, and the special place they have in our community. Respect for culture, land and heritage is something all Victorians must develop further.

Reconciliation Victoria plays a role in bringing together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians to recognise and share what we have in common; and to work on a greater understanding of the issues that keep us apart.


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We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Victoria.