National Reconciliation Week 2016
2016 is a year of commemoration and celebration for reconciliation in Australia – it is a year to build a platform for understanding our nation’s history, story, and future.
The year marks a quarter of a century since the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, 15 years since the establishment of Reconciliation Australia, and 10 very successful years of Reconciliation Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program.
Victorian State Government to enter into Australia's first Treaty negotiations
On ABC's Lateline program on the 26th February it was announced that "[t]he Victorian State Government hopes that within a matter of weeks it'll be in talks to draft Australia's first treaty with Aboriginal people.
" The Minister for Aborginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins states that "At the end of the day, it's pretty disappointing that we're in the year 2016 and we as a Commonwealth country don't have a treaty or a national arrangement with our First Peoples."
To read the full transcript or watch the video, please follow this link.
RecVic welcomes this significant development. To learn more about RecVic and ANTaR Victoria's joint Agreements and Treaties Working Group, please check out our dedicated website pages.
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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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