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.

Victorian State Government to enter into Australia's first Treaty negotiations

On ABC's Lateline program on the 26th February it was announced that "[t]he Victorian State Government hopes that within a matter of weeks it'll be in talks to draft Australia's first treaty with Aboriginal people.

" The Minister for Aborginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins states that "At the end of the day, it's pretty disappointing that we're in the year 2016 and we as a Commonwealth country don't have a treaty or a national arrangement with our First Peoples."

To read the full transcript or watch the video, please follow this link.

RecVic welcomes this significant development. To learn more about RecVic and ANTaR Victoria's joint Agreements and Treaties Working Group, please check out our dedicated website pages.

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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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