Reconciliation Victoria Publications:
2015 - 2016 Annual Report - Download
2014 - 2015 Annual Report - Download
2013 - 2014 Annual Report - Download
2012 - 2013 Annual Report - Download
2011 - 2012 Annual Report - Download
2010 - 2011 Annual Report - Download
2016 AGM and Victorian Reconciliation Forum Report - Download
2015 AGM and Victorian Reconciliation Forum Report - Download
2014 AGM and Victorian Reconciliation Forum Report - Download
2013 AGM and Victorian Reconciliation Forum Report - Download
2012 AGM and Victorian Reconciliation Forum Report - Download
Promoting Reconciliation through Local Government
Download Executive Summary
Download Full Report
Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey 2012
Download Statewide Survey Responses
Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Reconciliation Victoria resurrected - October 2011
RecVic welcomes Panel Recommendations - January 2012
State of Reconciliation in Australia Report
In February 2016 Reconciliation Australia released a landmark report highlighting what has been achieved under the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance. The report, the first of its kind since 2000, makes recommendations on how we can progress reconciliation into the next generation. Read the report
This great Culture Victoria site includes all sorts of stories spanning from traditional to contemporary life, of land and spirit, art and artefacts.
Reconciliation Timeline - A brief history of key dates in the Reconciliation movement
Rivers to Recognition Resource Directory - The directory is designed to be used by people interested to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and history in Melbourne, Victoria and Australia.
The Koori History Website - compiled and maintained by Gary Foley
Aboriginal Victoria has some useful downloadable posters illustrating Victoria's Aboriginal heritage
Victorian Aboriginal Corporation of Languages has some great online and digital resources, as well as a Victorian Aboriginal Language Map.
You can purchase a Traditional Owner Acknowledgement Plaque from ANTaR Victoria, as well as badges, stickers, books, cds etc.
Some useful Protocols
Recognising Traditional Owners Visit website of Department of Premier and Cabinet for a good explanation of protocols.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Engagement Toolkit (Australian Human Rights Commission) PDF - Download
Resources for Schools
Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning is designed to support the 21,000+ early learning services, primary and secondary schools in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
Participating schools and early learning services will be assisted to find meaningful ways to increase respect; reduce prejudice; and strengthen relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Educational Resource Tuckerbag - Developed by Dean Stewart, Aboriginal Tours & Education Melbourne, 'A-TAEM'
Yarn Strong Sista is an Indigenous Education consultancy. Yarn Strong Sista provides a range of services including Aboriginal Professional Development, Aboriginal Storytelling and Aboriginal Resources. http://www.yarnstrongsista.com/
National Reconciliation Week
Resources for schools, churches and communities
The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria has kindly shared these new resources in the lead up to National Reconciliation Week.
A River Dreaming - by Elizabeth (Betty) Pike This text is a valuable resource for the Australian Curriculum at Foundational and Year 9 levels, and for religious education courses.
A River Dreaming Learning Activity A Learning Activity - English and History. Adopt a Totem Reconciliation Project / River Dreaming "…there are several ways to find your totem animal. You can have an animal given to you by an elder, you can discover it yourself or it will one day somehow find you and open the doors for you to learn other things about yourself.” Richard Frankland
Warrnambool Community Garden 10-yr celebration and unveiling of Acknowledgment Seat
It’s perhaps easier to sum the day up in pictures than via words as it was a very poignant, momentous and special day at our Garden. [Gunditjmara Elder] Rob Lowe Snr’s (above) words moved everybody in attendance as he spoke of his experiences and his people’s history in our area. For many, it was the first time we had heard that such disturbing events happened so close to our garden—a place we now find such peace and enjoyment in. The smoking bowl was lit, eucalyptus wafted and people reflected quietly.
The handing over of a garden key to Rob was more than a symbolic gesture, as he now is able to bring groups of people to the garden and share the stories of true events so we can foster more understanding and forge a way towards a future where we acknowledge and remember the people who lived and died here. Thank you Rob for your willingness to share your story and be involved in our garden community.
To mark 10 years since the first community meeting about the garden, we heard an interview that was played on the radio 10 years ago with Dave Mitchell. We also heard form Geoff Rollinson and Julie Eagles—three people who have helped create the space we all share in today. The seat (pictured) designed by Elli Rollinson is a wonderful creation and place for quiet reflection or a chat.
~ Tina Reilly (Warrnambool Community Garden)
Possum Skin Cloak Project
Late last year I took part in a workshop commissioned by the City of Stonnington and led by well-known Aboriginal artist Maree Clarke, to make a possum skin cloak. This was meant to be a community project for Stonnington residents, however when I attended I discovered that I was the only “white fella” present, the other participants were all Aboriginal women who had come from far and wide, eager to learn the skills of possum skin cloak making. I found it to be a most rewarding and interesting experience and over a week we finished off a possum skin cloak as an artwork for the City of Stonnington, and in the process enjoyed many stimulating conversations.
As it happened I was quite good at sewing the skins, which is a challenging and time consuming process. As a result, Maree recently invited me to assist her in another project where she was commissioned to guide ten families from the Port Phillip area in making a cloak for each family, a daunting task. Firstly the skins are trimmed to shape so they will fit together- 30 skins for each cloak - then they are all laid out to see how they best fit. Then the skins are sewn together; six to form the rows across the cloak, then five of these rows are stitched together. In this case multiply that by ten. Poor Maree and her husband Nicholas trimmed 300 skins, then farmed out the first two rows of each cloak to different sewers to get them started.
What you can see in the photos is only the first two rows; three more rows would be added to complete a cloak. In the past, sinew from a kangaroo tail was used to sew the skins together. These days waxed thread is used with a button-hole stitch. Also, to give an artistic effect, the skins around the edges of the cloaks have the heads and tails left on - you may be able to see them in the photos. After completing the sewing, it then takes at least a week to remove the possum hairs from the clothes you wore and the furniture you sat on during the process, but it’s all in a good cause!
Originally, before colonisation, all south eastern people owned a cloak - with the weather we’ve been experiencing lately you can understand why. Of these original cloaks, only five remain worldwide: one each in London, USA and Germany and two in the Melbourne Museum, but several Aboriginal artists are now recreating the craft.
~ Ro Bailey - Stonnington Citizens for Reconciliation
A reflection on Reconciliation
Up river from Yarra Bend, as beginners dependant on calico floaties to swim in the shallows with no idea our picnic dinners took place on Wurundjeri people’s country we innocently played. Once our legs grew longer and stronger, we balanced, toes splayed over ancient boulders, in knee high swirling water, picking blackberries for desert. The river we played in nourished and connected our sense of freedom, as it moved quietly and swiftly, generously connecting with everything.
All this was taken from Aboriginal families.
As a white woman awakening and coming to terms with our history, in being awakened, reconciliation with Australian Indigenous Peoples feels urgent.
Indigenous people’s writings bring enlightened perspectives. Norman Sheehan’s Indigenous Philosophies discusses the idea; ‘that no one person or thing has full or complete knowledge, and that, notions of true and complete do not show due respect for living knowledge’ (Sheehan 2004). Considering another perspective, another paradigm and pondering that there is no single truth fills me with relief.
The film Ten Canoes, sends a powerful message; A ‘Wise Council’ sitting in a circle, talking, allowing ‘space of silence’ for each individual’s considered perspective. Their differences of opinion, respectfully heard and considered, leads to unified action.
Swept in the fast flow and reflecting: how, where, can, do I belong within mainstream culture that marginalizes Aboriginal people and their culture? In the journey to reconcile with myself, head and heart, I recognise that my own ‘liberation’ is intangibly tied to learning from the First Peoples of Australia.
This country, broken up with fences and locked gates, is treated as separate from our being. For me, one of many species, feeling the ‘giving and knowing of Country’; that is layered beauty, energy, dependence on inter-relations of all species with mother earth, all my senses listen and I am reminded that generosity is needed. Aunty Caroline Briggs tells me, emphatically, ”we are Country”.
Connected, but to the side of mainstream, exists a calm place, where the current doesn’t tug; a place for reflection and awakening.
~ Siegi Edward (Siegi is a member of the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group)
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