Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers’ – Dreaming Inside
Tuesday May 8th, 6pm-8pm at Booranga Writers’ Centre, Wagga Wagga
Join Booranga for the Black Wallaby Writers’of the South Coast Writers’ Centre, presenting the book launch of, and readings from, Dreaming Inside – Voices from Junee Correctional Centre.For the past six years, the Black Wallaby Writers’ have conducted creative writing workshops with Aboriginal inmates at JCC and published the proceedings in their annual anthology, Dreaming Inside – Voices from Junee Correctional Centre.The launch will feature readings from Black Wallaby Writers’ Aunty Barbara Nicholson, John Muk Muk Burke and Sharon Twyford as well as guest writer Lachlan MacPherson.
All are welcome and entry is free. Click here to register.
Tuesday 15 May, 6-7:30pm at Northcote Town Hall, Rooms 2A and B
Hear directly from this land’s First Peoples about their expectations of what makes a fair and just Treaty process. We’ll also be discussing the historic Clan Elders Council Treaty Gathering and its resolutions/recommendations.The panel will feature Elders, Koori youth and Northcote MP, Lidia Thorpe.
Click here to read about the Clan Elders Council Treaty Gathering.
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Nara Dreaming Exhibition
May 19th – June 3rd, 10am-4pm at Bill’s Shed, Lockwood near Bendigo, VIC
Come along to the 9th annual Nara Dreaming Exhibition. The Nara Dreaming Exhibition is the manifestation of an ambition held by a small group of Central Victorian visual and performing artists to bring together a cross-cultural exhibition featuring various mediums including painting, photography, sculpture and craft work.
The exhibition includes paintings by Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Artists, sculpture, craft work, woodwork, photography, jewellery, ceramics and weaving.
Nara Dreaming exhibition will be open Saturdays and Sundays (or weekdays by appointment). Entry is by donation in support of Phoenix FM.
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Introducing Victorian Aboriginal Archaeology
Saturday May 19, 11am-12pm at Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre, South Melbourne
Across Victoria there are remains of thousands of years of past Aboriginal activities. They vary widely in form, function, providing evidence of great diversity of Aboriginal life in different parts of the state.
In this talk archaeologist, David Frankel, will introduce the complexity and variety of ancestral sites, discuss their significance of understanding the past and raise issues of preservation and land management.
This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Click here for more information and to join the waiting list of this popular event.
4 Brothers Rocks Walk
May 20th, 9am-3pm at Bunyip State Park, Gembrook
According to the Aboriginal people, the Bunyip or “Buneep” (as spelt on early maps which show the river, first cattle run and township) is a spirit that punishes bad people. Local Aboriginal people believed the Bunyip lived in the swamps of the Bunyip River, and therefore avoided the area. Many early settlers, believing this story, never pitched their tents near a ‘Bunyip hole’. People were also careful not to make ripples when collecting water. This upset the Bunyip.
Come along and visit this magical place located on Melbourne’s doorstep. You will discover natural delights, and discover a mysterious side of Aussie folklore.
This is a Grade 3 walk, 14kms in length with a steep climb then descent back down in the middle. Mainly open forest tracks with some walking trails.
Tickets are essential. To book, click here.
Sorry Day Lunch
May 25th, 12.30pm – 2.30pm at South Melbourne Community Centre
Come along to the Sorry Day community lunch with Aboriginal Elders, members of the community, the City of Port Phillip Mayor, politicians and friends. Hosted by Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation (PPCfR), the event will feature a Welcome to Country, singer/story teller Dave Arden, MC Dennis Fisher aka Den the Fish and lucky door prizes.
All are welcome to attend. For more information, click here or contact Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation by clicking here.
Reconciliation in the Park
May 27th, 10am-3pm at Johnstone Park, Geelong
In its 9th year, Reconciliation in the Park provides interactive Aboriginal history & culture activities, music, performance, art exhibition at Geelong Gallery and food created by local Aboriginal women. The intention of the event is to engage the broad community and create a space for learning, growing relationships and creating commitment to reconciliation locally based on an understanding of Djillong (Tongue of Land) history, culture, society and people. Winner of the 2016 HART awards.
. For more information, click here. Find out more about Geelong One Fire here.
Reading the stars: The science of Aboriginal astronomy
May 28th, 7pm-8.30pm at Brunswick Library, Brunswick
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples developed a number of practical ways to observe the sun, moon and stars to inform navigation and calendars, predict weather, and inform law and social structure.
Learn about the science that is encoded in these oral traditions and material culture with Dr Duane Hamacher – an astronomer and Senior Research Fellow at the Monash University Indigenous Studies Centre – who specialises in Indigenous astronomical and geological knowledge in Australia and the Pacific.
Registration is essential. To register, click here.
Reconciliation on the Rooftop: “Don’t keep History a Mystery”
May 28th, 12pm-2pm at Fitzroy Library, North Fitzroy
Aboriginal Housing Victoria and SNAICC are partnering with Yarra Libraries to deliver Reconciliation on the Rooftop as part of Reconciliation Week at Bargoonga Nganjin.
This will include a Welcome to Country, Traditional dancers, a Keynote speaker to speak on the theme of Don’t Keep History A mystery, along with speeches from the CEO’s of Aboriginal Housing Victoria and a speaker from SNAICC.
Bookings are essential. For more information and to book, click here.
Letter to my Mum: I want to talk about our Aboriginality
Wednesday May 30th, 6.30pm-7.30pm at Williamstown Library
Monique Grbec is a Wiradjuri woman living in Melbourne. As a child of the stolen generation, she explores the generational effects of institutionalisation, and the White Australia Policy. Abandoned at 14, she shares her journey to claim the precious identity taken from her.
To book, click here or phone 1300 HOB LIB.
Who would you believe? William Barak or John Batman?
Wednesday 30 May 2018, 7.30-9.30pm at Room 14, Pines U3A, 2/520 Blackburn Rd Doncaster East 3109, Melways 34 D5
Local author and historian, Jim Poulter, will host a talk on his groundbreaking discovery about Batman’s 1835 meeting with the Wurundjeri. Jim has uncovered a little known eye-witness account from 1888 by Wurundjeri Headman William Barak. RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 31 May, 6:30-8pm, at Ballarat Library
Hear from astrophysics student, Krystal De Napoli, as she shares the ways Indigenous Australians encode scientific information in their traditions and how this knowledge is passed to successive generations.
Features videos of dances, songs and interviews with Elders. This is a free community event; bookings essential.
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Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service
Thursday May 31st, 11am at Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
This event is held to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Men and Women. The 13th annual Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service will be at Shrine of Remembrance Forecourt, at the Eternal Flame. There will be a wreath laying on the Forecourt with Shrine Representatives, Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd) and Shrine Trustee Colonel John Wertheimer AM RFD.
Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the commemorative services held at the Shrine of Remembrance. All are welcome to lay a wreath or a poppy at the conclusion of the service.
Please direct further enquiries to email@example.com or 1800 762 003.
The Long Walk
June 2nd, 2pm-6pm at Federation Square, Melbourne
Join thousands of people in a march for reconciliation from Federation Square to the MCG. Hosted by Michael Long, the Long Walk Foundation and the AFL.
The event will meet at Federation Square, Melbourne for stalls and performances, before proceeding on a walk to the MCG.
For more information, click here.