Reconciliation Victoria was very excited this National Reconciliation Week to be able to offer 17 Small Grants to schools and community organisations for across the state to engage in activities that celebrated this year’s theme “Grounded in Truth: Walk Together With Courage”.
See below for details about each of the 17 grants that we provided, and keep your eyes peeled next year when grant applications open again.
Reconciliation Manningham – Simon Wonga: A Digital Journey
A digital tour across the landscape and over time via the innovative Google Maps program that has been developed, Reconciliation Manningham’s event will follow the life journey of Simon Wonga from him birth at Woori Yallock in September 1821 to the founding of Coranderrk in 1863. To attend the event, click here.
Geelong One Fire – Reconciliation in the Park
Celebrating its 10th year in 2019, Reconciliation in the Park is the key Aboriginal community-led event during NRW in the Greater Geelong region. The day involved interactive Aboriginal history and cultural activities, music, performance, language, workshops and discussions with a free bush tucker BBQ. To attend the event, click here.
Brookside College –Reconciliation Mural
Students at Brookside College have spent the last semester designing a mural with a reconciliation theme. This grant allows the college to employ a loca lAboriginal artists to paint the mural with students during National Reconciliation Week, creating a lasting display of collaboration between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community.
Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group – Let’s Have The Conversation
Truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history is fundamental to Australians walking together with courage, so let’s have a conversation about it. A casual event where participants can sit together and talk about the past, grounded in truth, and begin the journey of walking together with courage. To attend the event, click here.
Nillumbik Reconciliation Group – Flag Raising and Reconciliation Workshop
This event will give students in Nillumbik Shire a chance to share their own words about Reconciliation during a flag raising ceremony, as well as attend a reconciliation workshop with a Wurundjeri educator to hear the truth of Aboriginal culture.
IPC Health Elders Community Lounge – Bushtukka Working Bee
This event is a facilitated gardening working bee, focused on planting bushtukka and sharing cultural knowledge and wisdom to strengthen relationships between Health staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. It will build an awareness and acknowledge Australia’s shared history, and the important place that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s stories and knowledge has to play in our national identity.
Hazel Glen College –National Reconciliation Week Incursion and Assembly
Students will gain further understanding of Indigenous languages, culture and dance after attending a performance by Indigenous performer Dion Drummond. Students will also be able to experience a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country at a Junior School Assembly.
Wodonga City Council Preschools – Cultural Art Experiences
A local Aboriginal artist will visit each group at every centre in Wodonga City to deliver a cultural art experience for two hours. This will engage local kids in local Aboriginal cultural, exposing 580 children to the oldest continuing culture on Earth.
Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership – Community Reconciliation Event
The Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership will be launching a youth project created for National Reconciliation Week with local Aboriginal youth, and will include a Smoking Ceremony, a dance, guest speakers and a shared lunch. The event will give attendees a greater knowledge about local Aboriginal history and culture,and highlight the importance of reconciliation.
Bendigo TAFE – Indigenous Film Night
Bendigo TAFE will continue their annual traditional of holding an Indigenous Film Night during National Reconciliation Week. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the Aboriginal community and reconciliation.
Islamic Council of Victoria – Bubup Wilam Iftar
In partnership with the Bubup Wilam Early Learning Centre, the ICV will hold an iftar (breaking of the fast) during the month of Ramadan. The event will bring together the Indigenous and Muslim communities in the spirit of friendship, reconciliation and story-telling over a meal.
Redhill Football Netball Club – Reconciliation Round
A Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony will open Redhill Football Netball Club’s Reconciliation football match. The footballers and netballers will wear guernseys designed by one of the Aboriginal players, and a commemorative plaque will be installed at the football ground. The plaque will acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land of Redhill and surrounds.
Lake Bolac Eel Festival – Ray Thomas Exhibition
Highly regarded Gunditjmara and Gunnai/Kurnai artist Ray Thomas will hold an exhibition of his artwork, running from National Reconciliation Week to NAIDOC Week. With visits planned by local schools during NRW, and around 100 general public visitors each week, the artwork is an ideal opportunity to encourage people to have conversations and reflect. For more information about the event, click here.
Croydon Community School – Incursion
Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place will go to Croydon Community School and run a session designed to build the knowledge of staff, students and families about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will also have the opportunity to take on leaderships roles in organising and running the day.
Kallista Primary School – Peer to Peer Learning Exchange
Grade 5 and 6 students and Aboriginal Elders will engage in conversations about Aboriginal history and contemporary life, exploring self-determination and culture, knowledge and rights in a safe and respectful setting. There will then be a community event where the students will engage with another school to present their understandings and engage in a peer to peer knowledge exchange.
Epping Views Kindergarten – Cultural Incursion
132 kinder kids will attend an incursion, designed to further educate them about the local Aboriginal community’s heritage and develop a connection to land through music and exploration. The event will provide cultural awareness,community involvement and a sense of belonging for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at their service.
Ness Reserve PreSchool – Incursion and Resources
Ness Reserve will run the Connecting to Country program offered by Wurundjeri Educator Brooke Wandin, deepening the kids understanding of Wurundjeri culture.The preschool will also purchase the Woiwurrung Language Card Resource Kit to share with children and families during National Reconciliation Week, with kids being encouraged to learn Woiwurrung words to demonstrate their respect and value for the local culture.