Yingadi means “come” in Mutthi Mutthi language and is the name of the one week, cultural immersion program to the incredible Lake Mungo and surrounds, run several times a year by our Co Chair, Vicki Clark, in collaboration with the Edmund Rice Centre, Amberley.
I had the privilege of participating in this program over the last week of August and have returned with deeper connections and relationships, and greater respect for Aboriginal land and culture as well as a strengthened resolve to attend to the work of reconciliation in this country. It was the full experience: funny, tragically sad, beautifully still and poetic, informative, thought provoking, joyful, mesmerizing and connected.
My deepest thanks and appreciation go to Vicki and all involved.
~ Deb Chapman, Acting Statewide Coordinator
Yingadi guide, Ernie Mitchell, at Lake Mungo
Below is the magnificent Bunjil's Nest which was built at the Reconciliation Week Pop Up Hub at the Melbourne Town Hall during National Reconciliation week. Check out our Reconciliation Week page for reports and photos from the week.
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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