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

Annual Victorian Reconciliation Network Regional Forum and Tour

The annual regional Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum will take place on Wurundjeri Country over the weekend Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th April, 2018.

The weekend will commence with a Welcome to Country and tour of sites in the Melbourne metro area and Yarra Valley on the Saturday morning, to be followed by our usual forum in the evening, which will be held at the Candelbark Farm in Healesville, where comfortable dormitory-style accommodation will be provided (4 beds per room with en-suite).

On Sunday the group will visit sites around Coranderrk and hear about the history of this important Aboriginal community and the work being undertaken there to restore and revitalise the property.

ALL ARE WELCOME to attend but registration is essential! Registrations close COB Friday 23rd March.

Find out more

2018 National Reconciliation Week theme announced

“Don't keep history a mystery - Learn. Share. Grow.”

NRW 2018: Sunday 27 May – Sunday 3 June

Reconciliation Australia have announced the theme for 2018: “Don't keep history a mystery - Learn. Share. Grow.”

NRW 2018 is a key activity in the Reconciliation movement’s strategy to support Australians in making progress in the reconciliation dimension Historical Acceptance. This dimension addresses whether all Australians acknowledge the injustices and actions of the past and their impacts (both historical and contemporary) and are making amends for past wrongs.
This year, NRW invites Australians to Learn, Share, Grow – by exploring their past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

Reconciliation is everybody's business, so we invite everyone to get involved.  For event and activity ideas and to find out Reconciliation Victoria can help visit our webpage

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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