Uncle Jim Berg, Gunditjmara Elder and member of the Cultural Council of First Peoples at our October 2019 Forum
Reconciliation Victoria's Cultural Council of First Peoples was established in 2019 following the identified need to establish a formal structure for the accountability and guidance of Reconciliation Victoria with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The Council ensures that our Board and our work are guided by the diverse range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples voices, knowledges, and backgrounds in Victoria. They keep us accountable to this guidance, and to our commitment to truth-telling, justice and self-determination under our guiding principles.
Meetings between the Council, Board, and CEO are held at least bi-annually (or as needed) to provide direction and advice on a range of contextual issues.
The Cultural Council of First Peoples provide cultural knowledge, advice, and guidance to the Reconciliation Victoria Board and CEO. The purpose of the council is to:
First meeting of the Cultural Council of First Peoples in 2019
Reconciliation Victoria Cultural Council of First Peoples, staff members and Living Museum of the West staff meeting on 4 April 2022
The health and safety of our Elders and our community are a top priority. As a result of this, and in line with COVID restrictions, the Cultural Council of First Peoples was unable to meet throughout 2020.
We were thrilled to be able to meet with the Council in-person in early 2021. Our first meeting in 2022 was at the Living Museum of the West, Maribyrnong.
Reconciliation Victoria takes into account the multiple responsibilities Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have to their cultural obligations, both in their work roles and wider community responsibilities.
Council members are entitled to receive financial compensation and reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred when attending meetings.
Reconciliation Victoria encourages financial compensation for cultural knowledges and guidance as standard practice for all organisations and individuals. For further information email email@example.com
Reconciliation Victoria Cultural Council of First Peoples, Board Members and CEO meeting on 1 May 2021