2018 HART Awards - Nominations Now Open!

The 2018 HART Awards (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) - now in their fifth year - recognise local governments and community organisations that are advancing reconciliation in Victoria.

Reconciliation Victoria, in partnership with VLGA and supported by Bank Australia and Local Government Victoria, presents the 5th annual HART Awards. These Awards recognise Victorian initiatives that contribute to local reconciliation outcomes.

Nominations could be initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together, and initiatives that have contributed to relationships, respect and understanding. The HART Awards will be presented at an event in Melbourne on Friday 1 June 2018, during National Reconciliation Week. 

Winners will receive an award. The community organisation winner will also be awarded a prize of $1000 to support their reconciliation initiatives. 

The short-listed and winning initiatives will be profiled in a booklet and promoted on the websites of Reconciliation Victoria, VLGA, Local Government Victoria and Bank Australia to provide inspiration for other organisations and communities. 

Find out how to nominate

January 26 - the tide is turning!

80 years on from Aboriginal leaders gathering for the first Day of Mourning the tide may finally be turning on mainstream Australia’s ‘celebration’ of 26 January – dancing on the graves of the ancestors of First Nations people as some have put it. Record crowds at rallies and Survival Day events all around Australia, and the extraordinary increase in both the quantity and quality of commentary about January 26, clearly demonstrates a surge in awareness in the broader community about the true history of the ‘settlement’ of this country, the pain the day causes the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the need for change in the way historical injustices are addressed.

Despite the polarisation of the debate in the media there has been arguably a watershed in the way many in the community are now acknowledging 26 January.  This was seen in the size and number of Aboriginal-led events around the country, as well as in the way local councils and community members chose to mark the day differently, such as the City of Yarra’s re-enactment of the 1938 Day of Mourning event, featuring the original powerful speeches read by descendants of the leaders at that historic gathering 80 years ago.

It is encouraging that more and more non-Aboriginal people are listening to Aboriginal voices and supporting Aboriginal-led events.

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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