Reconciliation Victoria held our annual Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum on August 18 at MAYSAR in Fitzroy. The focus of the well-attended forum was “Advocating with Local and State Government”, and the 60 participants included representatives from 15 Local Reconciliation Groups and a number of local councils, as well as many new faces from across the state.
After a warm and engaging Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Colin Hunter followed a moving presentation of the MAYSAR story and an update about the Treaty Process from Diana David of the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission (VTAC).
ANTaR Victoria presented their newest campaign - a State Government Election Scorecard (available on their website) and then followed the ‘Working with Local Government‘ session, which included practical advice on effectively engaging with councils to progress reconciliation. Several speakers highlighted the importance of supporting treaty with local candidates in the lead up to the Victorian State Election.
After lunch, Reconciliation Victoria, Local Reconciliation Groups and other members of the network had an opportunity to share an update on our work and progress since the last forum (including upcoming changes to RecVic’s organisational structure). See the full report here.
A toolkit for community members to engage with local government was developed from the valuable ideas and messages presented at the forum.
Our next combined AGM/Forum will be on Saturday October 27, 2018.
Find out more about previous statewide reconciliation forums