|Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins announced a Treaty Engagement Grant of almost $94,000 for the Wurundjeri Land Council through the Treaty Community Engagement Program. The grant will be used to develop a deeper understanding of what Treaty might mean for the Wurundjeri community given their inner-city location and the large number of non-Wurundjeri Indigenous people living on Wurundjeri country. Research will also be conducted into how urban Indigenous populations in overseas jurisdictions have negotiated Treaty rights.
The Treaty Community Engagement Program supports Traditional Owners groups and other organisations and businesses to engage with Victorian Aboriginal communities as well as non-Aboriginal Victorians on Treaty.
The Program will also help ensure the Treaty process continues to be guided by Aboriginal voices and prepare the Aboriginal community for the establishment of the Aboriginal Representative Body and eventual Treaty negotiations.
Jill Gallagher, Victorian Treaty Commissioner
The Treaty Advancement Commission has released a proposed model for the Aboriginal Representative Body, which will represent the voice of Aboriginal Victorians in the next stage of the Treaty process. It was presented at the Treaty Statewide Gathering last week. See the proposed model here.
The Treaty Advancement Commission has released a proposed model for the Aboriginal Representative Body, which will represent the voice of Aboriginal Victorians in the next stage of the Treaty process. It was presented at the Treaty Statewide Gathering last week. See it here
Don’t forget the state election is coming up on 24th November. Check out the stance of each major party on Aboriginal issues in ANTaR’s very own election scorecard. Now is the time to influence the government engage with the candidates and parties and raise important issues. Write, petition and share. Reconciliation Victoria have created Local Government engagement toolkit to help you engage government effectively.
Co-Chair of ANTaR Victoria, Brigid Knight-Braniff recently discussed the scorecard on 3CR. Check out the podcast here
ANTaR Victoria’s AGM will be on Saturday, 27th October. The event will be in conjuntion with Reconciliation Victoria’s AGM. Register here. To find out more scroll down.
Tanderrum at Melbourne International Arts Festival
Wednesday, October 3 at Federation Square
This traditional ceremony unites the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation and custodians of the lands in and around Melbourne. The Traditional Owners and the Ilbijerri Theatre Company invite everyone to share in this sacred place.The ceremony has opened the Melbourne International Arts Festival for the past 6 years and celebrates coming together.
Get your FREE tickets here
Bakang Dyakata Ba Yunguip
Thursday, October 4 at Arura Guide Camp Dimboola
All are welcome to this family friendly event. This is a free community gathering to celebrate Wotjobaluk culture and connection to water and country, with a traditional earth oven feast, bark canoe, music and more.
Find out more here
Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place – 4th annual Gala Dinner
Saturday, October 6 at Green Acres Golf Club
Everyone is welcome to share in a night of fun, great food and entertainment. Get tickets and more info here
For Country, For Nation
Until Sunday, October 7 at the Australian War Memorial
When World War One broke out, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had few rights, poor living conditions, and were not allowed to enlist in the army.
Even so, many wanted to defend Australia and changed their names, heritage and nationality in order to do so.
In memory of those who were not acknowledged for their service, For Country, For Nation brings moving stories and voices to life through art, dance, music, objects and text.
Find out more here
Thursday, October 116.30-9.30pm
Grattan Gardens Community Centre, Prahran
It’s on again – Blakwiz quiz night! Form a team and answer questions about Aboriginal culture and history – or come along and learn more. There will be fun and prizes up for grabs!
Find out more about this FREE event here
Guided Surf Coast Walk
Torquay to Aireys Inlet
Experience Torquay to Aireys inlet like never before on this three day guided tour on the lands of the Wadawurrung people. Corrina Eccles is a Wadawurrung woman who will help you learn about the Aboriginal culture of the area.
Book tickets and find out more here
2 Worlds Festival
Saturday, October 20 12-10pm
Fyansford Paper Mills, Geelong
The Fyansford Paper Mills is continuing to develop as a significant arts precinct, situated above Buckley’s Falls, where William Buckley crossed cultures and embraced a foreign world view.
A huge range of activities and entertainment for all ages will run throughout the day.
Get tickets and find out more here
Photo by Neil Newitt
DEMOLISH: A Russell Evans Project
October 25-December 15
Holmes Road, Bendigo
DEMOLISH takes an evocative look at Australia’s landscape through dance and physical theatre, lighting, projections, original soundtrack and heavy machinery. Sacred land has been ravaged, and demolition continues through every generation as a new future evolves. What are the losses and gains?
This special run of dates will be performed on an iconic Bendigo site on Dja Dja Wurrung country.
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ANTaR Victoria and Reconciliation Victoria AGM
Saturday, October 27 at Darebin Environment Centre
Hear about the past year from both organisations. You can also take part in a guided spiritual healing trail with Uncle Trevor Gallagher around Darebin Parklands. Register here for the AGM and spritual healing trail.