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. 

What a wonderful and inspiring weekend, with Jaara Elder Uncle Rick Nelson, Jida Gulpilil (Boort Lakes Aboriginal Eco-Tours) and Raquel Kerr (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation) generously sharing their deep knowledge and rich stories. We came away with a much deeper understanding of this Country and its story and of the impressive work being done by the Jaara people to look after their Country, their people and their culture.

We were also able to see first-hand how the landmark Victorian Recognition & Settlement Act provides the Jaara with legal rights to practice culture, to access and use their land and resources and to have a say in what happens on their Country.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this memorable weekend, particularly Uncle Rick, Jida, Raquel and Vic Say from Castlemaine ANTaR, who were all extremely generous with their time in hosting us and setting up the weekend.  

You can now download the Forum Notes for the weekend here

Download Heritage trail brochure Franklinford

You can view all the photos from the weekend in our Dropbox folder here

Uncle Rick Nelson and group in front of a traditional rock well at Eureka Reef near Castlemaine