Reconciliation Victoria and ANTaR Victoria 2017 AGMs

and Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum 

 'Lessons in Walking Together: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people working towards true and sustainable reconciliation'


Our AGM and Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum were held on Saturday 28th October 2017 with over 50 reconciliation members and supporters in attendance, representing 15 Local Reconciliation Groups from across Victoria, including individual community members, organisational representatives and people new to reconciliation.

The day started with Elder Ron Jones providing an informative Welcome to Country and sharing some history about his family and Wurundjeri country. After formalities of the AGM, a panel of Aboriginal speakers from Reconciliation Victoria Council shared their perspectives on reconciliation, challenging attendees to make new commitments towards reconciliation from ideas at the forum. All speakers spoke passionately about sharing the truth and stories of what has occurred in Australia since invasion.

Guest speaker Jacob Boehme, proud member of the Narangga and Kaurna nations (SA) and born and based in Melbourne and Creative Director of Yirramboi First Nations Art Festival then reflected on his personal experiences in organising Yirramboi which performed to rave reviews in Melbourne earlier this year.

Yirramboi is an Aboriginal led festival which invited Victoria's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and performers, and First Nations artists from around the world to share their culture and knowledge. Jacob spoke passionately about how the festival was led by Aboriginal people and guided by four key principles: Indigenous leadership, Indigenous visibility and dialogue, new ideas and international collaboration.

We thank everyone for their valuable contributions on the day, particularly guest speakers Jacob Boehme, Vicki Clark, Melissa Brickell, Sue D’Amico, Local Reconciliation Group representatives and attendees, and the fabulous ANTaR Victoria volunteers for sharing their time to help create a fantastic event! 

Please check back soon for notes and photos from the AGM, Forum as well as an online copy of our Annual Report.
  

 


Aboriginal Victorians to Design Representative Body

On the 7th of September the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group called for community members to be a part of the new Community Assembly, which will provide reccommendations to the working group on the design of the statewide Aboriginal Representative body which will negotiate Treaty.

The Assembly will be modelled on the successful Geelong Citizens Jury, and Aboriginal Victorians over the age of 18 can apply to become members.

Once formed, the Aboriginal representative body will work with government to determine what is needed to support future treaty negotiations and engage with Aboriginal Victorians on the treaty process.

'The Aboriginal representative body will give a unified voice for our mob in treaty discussions for now and into the future. It is important that the community voice is at the heart of the design of the representative body' Jill Gallagher, Co-chair of the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group

Expressions of interest close on 6 October 2017. For more infromation on how to apply visit www.communityassembly.au

 


About Us

Reconciliation Victoria is the product of a people's movement. Following the work of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, 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 body for Reconciliation, Reconciliation Victoria has focused 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 delivering the Community HART Awards in partnership with the Victorian Local Government Association.

Reconciliation Victoria has played a vital role in educating the public on important issues relevant to Aboriginal Victorians. We 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.

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.