RecVic AGM and Victorian Reconciliation Forum
There was a great turnout of just under 100 people and lively discussion at the RecVic/ANTaR Vic joint AGMs and Annual State Wide Forum last Saturday (Nov 9) at Minajalku Healing Centre in Thornbury.
The Forum included a compelling panel discussion on "Priorities and opportunities for the relationship between Aboriginal and other Australians", featuring Dr Alf Bamblett, Ian Hamm, Prof. Kate Auty and Rosemary Smith, and moderated by Mark Yettica-Paulson. The discussion was filmed and will be available soon on our website.
There was also a choice of workshops on "Constitutional Recognition", "Visions for the Future: Perspectives from Young Aboriginal People" and "Racism and Identity" also featuring some dynamic guest presenters.
Check out our News page for some photos and watch this space for a full report.
Journey to Recognition Launch BBQ hosted by RecVic, Sunday May 26. Photo: James Henry
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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