Stan Grant has given a powerful and moving speech on "Racism and the Australian Dream" as part of the 2015 IQ2 debate series held by the Ethics Centre. Although the speech was given in October 2015, it has recently gone viral.
Summer is an important time to celebrate local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultures and commemorate our history, and the myriad of festivals around Victoria provides lots of opportunities to take part. Check out our Events Calendar for all the details.
"Beginning today, the Aboriginal flag will permanently fly over Victoria’s Parliament House.
Flying alongside the Australian and Victorian State flag, the addition of the Aboriginal flag acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, and the continued strength of Aboriginal identity."
Premier Daniel Andrews. 15 September 2015.
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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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We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Victoria.