Happy New Year...
and welcome to a year that is full of promise and opportunity for reconciliation in Victoria. Look out for the many opportunities to engage with and learn about Aboriginal culture over the coming weeks: Footscray's Wominjeka Festival, Belgrave Survival Day, Share the Spirit Festival, the inaugural Reconciliation Comedy Gala fundraiser, Yalukit Wilum Ngargee festival, and a host of important exhibitions at across Melbourne.
Check out our calendar and Facebook page for information on these and other events.
With Australia Day nearly upon us, if you are seeking information about how to commemorate the day, check out our Protocol Respect and acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia Day commemorations
2016 AGM & Statewide Reconciliation Forum
The RecVic AGM was held on November 12th at Korin Gamadji Institute, in conjunction with ANTaR Victoria. The AGM was followed by a panel discussion: "Young Aboriginal Perspectives on Reconciliation", with two inspiring guest speakers, 2016 Miss NAIDOC, Merinda Dryden, and Indi Clark from the Koorie Youth Council. Young Aboriginal musician, artist and educator Brent Watkins, from Culture Evolves, provided the entertainment.
This was followed by a Q&A and Small Group Discussion: 'From Talk to Action: So what does this mean for me and my role in Reconciliation?'
For more information click here
RACISM. IT STOPS WITH ME
Despite the progress made, the recent spate of well-publicised racist incidents and an alarming new push to water down the Racial Discrimination Act make it clear that the reconciliation movement has, more than ever, an important role to play in our national conversation.
Reconciliation Victoria believes that all Australians should be able to live their lives free from discrimination, and as an organisation will continue to fight to address issues of racial discrimination. Freedom from discrimination will help support efforts to close the gaps in health and other outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.
RecVic is a proud supporter of the "Racism It Stops with Me" Campaign. You can sign up and show your support as an individual or organisation. More importantly, you can find out how to speak up against racism. To find out more, visit their website.
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.
Download our 2015 - 2016 Annual Report
If you would like to become a volunteer or a member of Reconciliation Victoria please follow the "Join Rec Vic" link at the top of the page. Membership entitles you to stand for Council and to vote at our AGM. Membership is free.
We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Victoria.