"One morning fifty years ago, our Gurindji elders broke unforgettably from the industry that had taken our land and oppressed us for generations. Envisioning a brighter future for our people, they walked from Lord Vestey’s Wave Hill cattle station into the unknown, and never looked back.
The action they took on 23 August 1966 became known as the Wave Hill Walk-off, and changed the face of modern Australia. At our Dreaming place of Daguragu, they fought for Gurindji land rights and built our new home. Today, we ask you to come and celebrate their achievement.
Let us share the meaning of the Walk-off with you today."
From the leaders of Daguragu and Kalkaringi communities.
The Walk-off and strike became one of the first events to attract wide public support for Indigenous land rights in Australia. The seven year protest ended in 1975 with Gough Whitlam negotiating a deal that would see the Gurindji handed back a section of their land. The formal handback took place on 16 August 1975 and is recognised as a landmark achievement in the Land Rights movement in Australia.
During NAIDOC Week local community celebrations were held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Visit our website page to learn more and to see photos and reports from NAIDOC Week.
National Reconciliation Week 2016
National Reconciliation Week is now complete and what a bumper year it's been!! RecVic staff, Council members and volunteers were involved in 45 events throughout the week. This year we were able to provide 10 small grants for reconciliation activities during the week.
Across Victoria there were well over 100 events, with thousands across Australia. Check out the range of events that took place here. A constant theme this year was how many more people attended meaningful reconciliation events – a sign that more people are getting involved in reconciliation!
Djirri Djirri Dancers with South Gippsland artist Patrice Mahoney at Manningham NRW launch event
One of the highlights was this year’s HART Awards (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together), highlighting initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together to contribute to reconciliation.
This year, Geelong One Fire & Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative’s ‘Reconciliation in the Park’ and City of Yarra's ‘Connecting with the Aboriginal History of Yarra: A Teacher’s Resource’ took out the honours. A huge congratulations to all the finalists this year! Check out our HART Awards page for details of all the winners and finalists as well as for photos and event reports from all around the State.
Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group and Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op, winners of HART Community Category Award.
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Reconciliation Victoria is the product of a people's movement. Following the work of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR), Reconciliation Victoria Inc. was established in 2002 by a group of individuals keen to address the unfinished business of the 'Roadmap to Reconciliation'.
As the State peak body for Reconciliation, Reconciliation Victoria Inc. has focussed on leading the reconciliation process in Victoria by supporting the growth of Local Reconciliation Groups, promoting cultural awareness and education in the broader community, working with young people, developing strategic partnerships, and building the capacity of the organisation.
Reconciliation Victoria has played a vital role in educating the public on important issues relevant to Aboriginal Victorians. We can recognise the great disparity in outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous people on health, education and employment, and seek to do better. Indeed, we must continue to push government and others to do better on these issues. However, we must also ensure that reconciliation is not just about services and outcomes. It is also about respect and recognition.
Reconciliation Victoria has championed the recognition of Aboriginal Victorians as the first Victorians, and the special place they have in our community. Respect for culture, land and heritage is something all Victorians must develop further.
Reconciliation Victoria plays a role in bringing together indigenous and non-indigenous Victorians to recognise and share what we have in common; and to work on a greater understanding of the issues that keep us apart.
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If you would like to become a volunteer or a member of Reonciliation Victoria please follow the "Join Rec Vic" link at the top of the page. Membership entitles you to stand for Council and to vote at our AGM. Membership is free.
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may include images of persons who are deceased.
We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Victoria.