Reconciliation Victoria News

The 2017 Community HART Awards Finalists have been announced!

The VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria are thrilled to announce the finalists of this year’s Community HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards. 

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Our May eNews is out now

Read all the latest news and find out about the many exciting events coming up around Victoria during the coming months.

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Reconciliation Forum and Tour on Dja Dja Wurrung Country

The annual regional Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum took place on Dja Dja Wurrung Country over the weekend Friday 31 March –  Sunday 2 April.  45 people representing 15 LRGs attended. 

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2016 Australian Reconciliation Barometer shows racism on the rise

The Reconciliation Barometer is a biennial, national research study, conducted by Reconciliation Australia since 2008. The Barometer measures attitudes and perceptions towards reconciliation, and maps our progress towards the five dimensions of reconciliation.  The 2016 Barometer is out now.

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Close the Gap Report tabled

On 14 February, the day after the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's First Peoples, the annual Close the Gap Report was tabled.

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Budj Bim: World Heritage site?

Traditional owners, pushing for a 6,000-year-old network of eel traps in south-west Victoria to be included on the world heritage list, found out in January that the Australian Government has accepted their bid. 

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City of Yarra to consult on future of Australia Day celebrations

Councillors have UNANIMOUSLY supported a motion from Mayor Amanda Stone to commence discussions with the Wurundjeri Council and Yarra’s Aboriginal Advisory Group on the future of the local Australia Day event and whether Yarra will continue to host it on January 26

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Record crowds at January 26 events

2017 kicked off with record crowds at Survival Day/Invasion Day events around Victoria. Share the Spirit and Belgrave Survival Day experienced record crowd numbers and the Invasion Day Rally in Melbourne experienced an unprecedented crowd for a rally of its type, estimated by some to be close to 50,000. The inaugural Reconciliation Comedy Gala fundraiser was also a sellout.

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Vale Uncle David Tournier

Reconciliation Victoria acknowledges the passing of Aboriginal Elder Uncle David Tournier, and remembers him for his contributions to the Geelong community.

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Racial discrimination one of top issues facing Australia today - new report

Mission Australia yesterday released a report revealing that racial discrimination was one of the most significant issues concerning young people in Australia.

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Congratulations John Baxter and 2016 Aboriginal Honour Roll inductees

RecVic Council member, John Baxter, was last night inducted on to the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll

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Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation Writing Award Winners announced

Congratulations to all the winners and entrants to the Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation 2016 Reconciliation Writing Competition, announced last week at a prize presentation event at The Avenue Bookshop in Albert Park.

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Reconciliation Victoria 2016 AGM and Annual Statewide Forum

Reconciliation Victoria's AGM and Statewide Forum was held Saturday 12th November at the Korin Gamadji Institute.

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Out now - our 2015-2016 Annual Report

Our 2016 Annual Report is now available

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Wadawurrung name for new park near Ballarat?

The Wadawurrung have nominated ‘Woowookarung’ - meaning ‘place of plenty’ - as the preferred name for a new park near Ballarat. A Wadawurrung name reflects the traditional use and connection that Wadawurrung people have with the area. You can support this move by voting online.

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25 years on: Reconciliation a high priority in the 45th Parliament

Friday 2nd September marked twenty-five years since the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (‘the Council’), and the formalisation of Australia’s reconciliation journey. 

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August Local Reconciliation Groups Forum

On Saturday 13th August ANTaR Victoria hosted a Local Reconciliation Groups Forum at the Father Tucker Centre in Fitzroy.  The forum was an opportunity for local group members from across Victoria to gather and discuss past, present and future practices that look to furthering our collective cause for a reconciled nation.

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Community HART Awards - 2016 Winners announced

City of Yarra and Reconciliation in the Park (Geelong) were last week announced as winners of the Community HART Awards 2016. 

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Budj Bim tour and forum

Last month over 35 reconciliation supporters from around Victoria gathered on Gunditjmara country at Budj Bim, to learn about the Gunditjmara peoples’ connection to this very special place, and to connect with each other, to share, learn and build a stronger reconciliation movement. 

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Position Statement on Treaty and Constitutional Recognition

Reconciliation Victoria supports the calls of the Aboriginal community in Victoria for the long-overdue negotiation of a Treaty, and commends the Victorian Government for its commitment to enter into these discussions. We are excited by these developments.

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Self-determination forums for Aboriginal people in Victoria

Aboriginal people living in Victoria have an exciting opportunity to help shape the future relationship between the Aboriginal community and Victorian Government.

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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.

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State of Reconciliation in Australia Report launched

On Tuesday, February 9, Reconciliation Australia released a landmark report highlighting what has been achieved under the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance.  The report, the first of its kind since 2000, makes recommendations on how we can progress reconciliation into the next generation.

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New Maggolee Website For Councils And Communities Launched

Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins yesterday launched the new Maggolee website, a resource for local councils to work more closely with Aboriginal communities.

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Join the conversation about Reconciliation

Take part in an online discussion about Reconciliation

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Promoting Reconciliation through Local Government

Over the past year, Reconciliation Victoria has led the Reconciliation in Local Government Action Research Project, in partnership with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Reconciliation Australia, and with funding support from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.

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