2017 AGM and Statewide Reconciliation Forum Report

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 Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Ron Jones (pictured) providing an informative Welcome to Country and sharing some history about his family and Wurundjeri country. After the AGM formalities were over, a panel of Aboriginal speakers from Reconciliation Victoria's Council shared their perspectives on reconciliation in an engaging panel discussion From Talk to Action –  Lessons in Walking Together: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people walking towards true and sustainable reconciliation.  All speakers spoke passionately about sharing the truth and stories of what has occurred in Australia since invasion, challenging attendees to make new commitments towards reconciliation from ideas at the forum.

Guest speaker Jacob Boehme, Creative Director of Yirramboi First Nations Art Festival and proud member of the Narangga and Kaurna nations (SA), and born and based in Melbourne, 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! 

Download the Draft AGM minutes and Forum notes here

 

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