Our Vision & HIstory

Our Vision: A Victorian identity that reflects our true history, promotes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, equity and self-determination.

Our History: Reconciliation Victoria was established in 2002 following the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation’s  recommendation to establish a national body, Reconciliation Australia, and State Reconciliation Councils to carry on the work of reconciliation.

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What We do

Reconciliation Victoria is the statewide body promoting reconciliation across Victoria. This means that we promote deeper understanding, respect and justice for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our work focuses primarily on the 97% of Victorians who are not Aboriginal, as it is non-Aboriginal people who need to take responsibility for driving reconciliation. This work is guided by local Aboriginal voices.

We work closely with - and facilitate connections between - local reconciliation groups and other community groups, the education sector, and state and local government partners. We organise the annual HART Awards and statewide reconciliation forums, and promote National Reconciliation Week activities across Victoria.

We also respond to queries, and try to connect individuals up with groups which are already doing work to promote reconciliation in their local area.

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how we work

Our Guiding Principles

- We acknowledge that power, privilege and racism shapes relationships.

- We develop just, respectful and meaningful relationships with and between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Victorians.

- We ensure that the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to self-determination is at the forefront, always guiding our work.

- We work with integrity and hold ourselves and others to account.

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