2017 AGM and Statewide Reconciliation Forum

'Lessons in Walking Together: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people walking 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 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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The Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum - 26th August 2017.  

Our Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum was held on Saturday 26th August 2017 with an audience of over 60 reconciliation friends including Local Reconciliation Group representatives from across Victoria, individual community members and people new to reconciliation!

Jason Eades moderated the day and Reconciliation Victoria's Co-Chairs, Belinda Duarte and Michelle Isles provided an overview of our new strategy, outlining our facilitation role focussing on the areas of local government, building the capacity of new and existing local reconciliation groups and networks and defining our role in education - our Strategic Plan summary can be found here.

The forum provided an opportunity to hear about Reconciliation Victoria's work, including the initial outcomes of the Grassroots Reconciliation Local Reconciliation Groups Survey. There was discussion and sharing of ANTaR Victoria's and LRG's work as well as how to get involved in reconciliation in your community.

Jill Gallagher (pictured below) provided an update around Constitutional Reform and Treaty with opportunity for the audience to participate in some productive discussion.

We thank everyone for their valuable contributions on the day, particularly Jason Eades, Jill Gallagher, Local Reconciliation Group representatives and our volunteers who help us achieve a lot with very little! Check back soon for notes and handouts from the day.

Please click here for the presentation and here for the notes from the day.













2017 Reconciliation Forum on Dja Dja Wurrung Country - April 2017

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2016 AGM and Statewide Reconciliation Forum

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Budj Bim tour and forum - April 2016

During April over 35 reconciliation supporters from around Victoria gathered on Gunditjmara country at Budj Bim, to learn about the Gunditjmara peoples’ connection to this very special place, and to connect with each other, to share, learn and build a stronger reconciliation movement. 

The group included people from Geelong, Shepparton, Ballarat, Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Whitehorse, Stonnington, Banyule, Macedon Ranges, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Ranges.

We were welcomed to Country by Aunty Eileen Alberts and given a fascinating tour by Elder Denis Rose around the various sites that make up Budj Bim and Lake Condah Mission.  These included the sophisticated aquaculture systems, including stone eel traps and channels designed by the Gunditjmara people thousands of years ago.

Denis also provided an overview of the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership Agreement, an outstanding example of collaboration between local government and Aboriginal communities in Victoria. It was a special weekend and a privilege to spend time on this sacred country of global historical significance.

Our Gunditj Mirring Tour Guide Denis Rose speaks to group at Muldoon Eel Trap near Lake Condah (above) and house site at Tyrandarra Wetlands.

Click to read the LRG Forum notes

Read also Sylvia Edgar's report of the weekend.  (Sylvia is a member of Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation)

Moves are being made to have the area declared a World Heritage site, to be restored and protected for future generations. If you are interested in knowing more about the Gunditjmara people and the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, and the World Heritage nomination, there are excellent resources on the Gunditj Mirring website

Read more about Budj Bim


Inverloch LRG Forum June 2015

LRG Forum, 13 June 2015, Inverloch.

Shearwater Festival Working Group and friends performing Acknowledgement of Country

Emily Chauvel Byrne and Patrice Mahoney


LRG Round Up of Activities for 2013 - 2015

Below is a summary of group activities for 2013 - 2015 from a selection of the LRGs in our network. It shows the strength and diversity of the groups as well as how much can be accomplished with such limited resources!


Saturday February 21: Father Tuckers, BSL. Download the agenda and minutes.

Saturday June 13: Inverloch. AgendaMinutes.

Saturday October 10 - Joint ANTaR and RecVic AGM and State Wide Reconciliation Symposium, at KGI. See report


Previous Minutes

November 8 2014- AGM

September 6, 2014


LRG Summary of Activities for 2013 

LRG Summary of National Reconciliation Week 2014

If your group isn't listed and you would like to add your summary, please contact the office