Reconciliation Victoria's AGM and Statewide Symposium
Come and hear representatives from the three major parties speak of their "Visions for a reconciled Victoria", to be followed by a panel discussion "Shifting the sands: stories of hope and reconciliation".
Time: 9.45 for 10.00am start, Saturday 8th November 2014
Location: Maurice Rioli Room, Level 3, Korin Gamadji Institute, Richmond Football Club (ME Bank Centre), cnr Punt Rd/Brunton Ave.
RSVP: Register on Eventbrite at RecVic & ANTaR Vic Joint AGM & Symposium or by contacting Emily via email or phone: 007 959 983 by Monday 3rd November.
AGM 2013: In a moving closing ceremony RecVic Co-Chair, Vicki Clark invited participants to in turn collect some Lake Mungo sand – from Vicki’s mother’s country – from her mother’s Coolamon. In silence we held the sand while Vicki spoke about her country, evoking the power and significance of the land, before inviting us to return the sand to the Coolamon, symbolically handing the land back to its people.
Reconciliation Victoria is the product of a people's movement. Following the work of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR), 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 peak body for Reconciliation, Reconciliation Victoria Inc. has focussed 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 building the capacity of the organisation.
Reconciliation Victoria has played a vital role in educating the public on important issues relevant to Aboriginal Victorians. We can 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. However, we must also ensure that reconciliation is not just about services and outcomes. It is also about respect and recognition.
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 indigenous and non-indigenous 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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