Reconciliation Victoria News

Moreland City Council joins Cities of Yarra and Darebin

Moreland Council, in Melbourne's north, voted 7-4 on the 13th of September 2017 that January 26 will no longer be referred to as Australia Day, and it supported action to change the date of Australia's national day. 

The successful motion, proposed by Greens councillor and deputy mayor Samantha Ratnam, states "January 26 marks the beginning of the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands and oppression of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people".

Earlier this year, the council voted to keep citizenship ceremonies on January 26, a decision that was upheld at Wednesday night's meeting. 

Ms Carli-Hannan said it was a tough decision, but one that supported the views of Moreland's diverse migrant community. 

Cr Ratnam "We took a big step in the right direction tonight. We have more work to do but we won't stop until we achieve reconciliation and justice for the wrongs done to our First Nations people".

  

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Darebin Council votes to cease Australia Day celebrations

The City of Darebin in Melbourne's north, which included suburbs of Northcote, Thornbury, Preston and Reservoir, voted on Monday night to follow the lead of neighbouring Yarra Council in moving its Australia Day events from January 26.

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City of Yarra votes to change way it marks January 26

Reconciliation Victoria commends and strongly supports the City of Yarra in their decision and courageous leadership related to its January 26 recommendations, a result of engaging with the local Aboriginal community. 

Yarra Council last night voted unanimously to change the way it marks January 26, from 2018 onwards. 

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Our September eNews is out now

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

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Referendum Council's Final Report released to public

The PM released the Final Report of the Referendum Council to the public on the 17 July, two weeks after he was presented the report. 

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Wurundjeri given voice in management of the Birrarung

In a moving and historic moment in the Victorian Parliament in June, Wurundjeri elders addressed the Legislative Assembly in both English and Woi-wurrung language to explain their connection to the Yarra River and the importance of protecting the river for generations to come.

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Narragunnawali Awards for schools and early learning centres

Reconciliation Australia  have launched their inaugural Narragunnawali Awards that recognise reconciliation excellence in the education sector.

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Darebin Council considering moving Australia Day citizenship ceremony

Darebin Council has joined other councils around Australia in considering moving its Australia Day citizenship ceremony from January 26 out of respect to Indigenous Australians.

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Nominations are now open for the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll

The Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll captures the stories of Aboriginal people past and present, who have made an outstanding contribution to our state.

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The 2017 Community HART Awards winners have been announced!

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

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National Sorry Day commemorated all around Victoria

National Sorry Day is a nation-wide observance held on May 26 each year.  This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

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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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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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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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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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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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