Another eventful year on the journey towards Reconciliation

We approach the end of a very eventful year with some hope in our hearts, moved by the powerful stories of the recent inspiring inductees to the Aboriginal Honour Roll, including Reconciliation Victoria’s long-time Council member and previous Co-Chair Vicki Clark and encouraged by the election of Lidia Thorpe as an Aboriginal voice to the Victorian Parliament.
Mungo Man was returned to his rightful resting place with his people at Lake Mungo, providing an opportunity for healing and truth-telling, the moment commemorated with a public event befitting such a momentous occasion.
Victoria took another step towards Treaty with the first meeting of the Aboriginal Community Assembly in Melbourne in November, and the appointment of Jill Gallagher to the Treaty Commissioner role. We’re also excited that support for a conversation around January 26 continues to grow.
Our support base and network has grown significantly over the last year, so we have some cause for optimism, without losing sight of the challenges ahead.

January 26 - Reconciliation Victoria's Position Statement and Suggestions for Councils

As we enter 2018, we are confronted by the annual question: How do we approach January 26?  How do we commemorate a day that represents the beginning of an unlawful invasion that has had devastating impacts, still felt by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities today?

Reconciliation Victoria supports a continuing national conversation about shifting our national day from January 26.  Such a conversation would help us reflect on who are as a nation, what we stand for, and what date in our history best reflects those values and attributes.

We encourage all Victorians to reconsider how we celebrate Australia Day.  We encourage you to read our Position Statement and suggestions for how to approach 26th January respectfully on our webpage

Joint Statement in support of Uluru Statement from the Heart

The Turnbull Government’s rejection of the Referendum Council’s Final Report to enshrine an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations Voice to Parliament was a major setback, and we urge you to make your voice heard by signing the ACOSS initiated Joint Statement in support of the spirit of the Uluru Statement

2017 AGM & Statewide Reconciliation Forum Notes

Thank you to everyone who made it to our 2017 AGM and Statewide Reconciliation Forum on Saturday 28 October.  Our panel discussion From Talk to Action –  Lessons in Walking Together: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people walking towards true and sustainable reconciliation, featuring Council members Vicki Clark and Melissa Brickell, and Jacob Boehme, Creative Director of the inaugural Yirramboi First Nations Art Festival, was well received and triggered thoughtful discussion.
The notes from the AGM and Forum, along with our 2017 Annual Report can be downloaded from our webpage. 

We wish you a safe and peaceful holiday break, and look forward to sharing the journey towards a fair and reconciled Victoria in 2018.

About Us

Reconciliation Victoria is the product of a people's movement. Following the work of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, 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 body for Reconciliation, Reconciliation Victoria has focused 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 delivering the Community HART Awards in partnership with the Victorian Local Government Association.

Reconciliation Victoria has played a vital role in educating the public on important issues relevant to Aboriginal Victorians. We 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.

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 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal 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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We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Victoria.