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National Reconciliation Week 2017 #NRW2017 is almost here! What are you up to?

NRW runs from Saturday 27 May – Saturday 3 June, bookended by two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision.

2017 marks 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’, which reminds us that all big changes take persistence and courage. 

There are over 100 events taking place all around Victoria to which you are invited to attend. What are your next steps towards reconciliation?

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Sorry Day is a day that pays tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families and commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report.

As a united act of solidarity we encourage you to attend some of the many Aboriginal led events this Sorry Day.

Visit our Sorry Day and NRW Online Calendar for all the event info from around Victoria.


We | Here | Now

In recognition of National Reconciliation Week, a consortia of prominent Melbourne organisations has come together to present a week-long program of free-to-the-public activities and events in Fed Square.

The inaugural WE | HERE | NOW program kicks off on Saturday May 27, with the raising of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at Fed Square. This is the first time the flags will have been raised permanently at this iconic Melbourne landmark and, to commemorate this special occasion, Eddie Mabo’s daughter, Gail Mabo, will join local Aboriginal Elders in honouring Australia’s First Peoples.

The week-long program includes: 

  • RIGHTS | NOW, a public talk in the Deakin Edge featuring artists, activists and academics - Paola Balla, Gary Foley, Kim Kruger and Rebecca Gerrett-Magee; 
  • A film night under the stars featuring Stephen Page’s Spear and the classic mockumentary Babakiueria:
  • Free screenings for schools and the general public of Satellite Boy and Mabo at ACMI;
  • Exhibitions, workshops and live performances; and
  • A Mabo Day Community Picnic and Celebration by the Birrarung (River Terrace next to Federation Square.

Check out the WE | HERE | NOW website for the full program

 


The 2017 Community HART Awards - The Finalists have been announced!!

The HART Awards (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) recognise Victorian partnerships and initiatives that contribute to local reconciliation outcomes.  To find out who the finalists are visit our dedicated website page.


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.



About Us

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 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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We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Victoria.