Reconciliation Vic Newsletter Aug 2018

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August Reconciliation News



Victorians turned out in great numbers at many events in July to commemorate NAIDOC Week 2018 – Because of Her, We Can! Once again massive crowds turned out for the annual NAIDOC March through Melbourne. Congratulations to the recipients of the Victorian NAIDOC Awards

During the past month we have been privileged to accompany the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher AO and her team on her Treaty Roadshow around regional Victoria. Having secured additional funding from Aboriginal Victoria to build community support amongst non-Aboriginal Victorians for the Treaty process, we co-hosted with VTAC and local councils ten public meetings in regional centres in central, northern and north-western Victoria, with encouraging numbers in attendance including almost 100 people at the afternoon tea in Bendigo. Stay tuned for future events.

We were further heartened by the last month’s announcement that the Queensland Government too is considering treaty talks, bringing it into line with Victoria, WA and the NT.  And momentum is building with the release last Monday of the Interim Report by the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition, recommending a national, constitutionally enshrined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander “voice to Parliament”. The Report also reflects strong support for regional and local voices.

We hope to see some of you at our Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum on 18 August which will focus on working effectively with and advocating for reconciliation with your local and state governments.

~ The RecVic team






Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner, Jill Gallagher AO has been holding well-attended community gatherings all around Victoria throughout July with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to explain details of the proposed Representative Body and the next steps in the Treaty process.

RecVic is pleased to have secured additional funding through Aboriginal Victoria to build community support and engage non-Aboriginal Victorians in supporting the Treaty process. This work will help us build the capacity and understanding of local government, local reconciliation supporters and the general public of the various roles they can play to support Treaty.

For more information about future community gatherings, including times and venues, visit the Treaty Commission website.

You can also register for email updates.

For further information including Aboriginal perspectives on Treaty in Victoria visit:
•  Aboriginal Community Assembly Portal
•  Aboriginal Victoria Treaty website
•  Victorian Greens Treaty Now campaign for Clans-based treaties
•  Traditional Owner Land Justice Group fundraising for a Clan Elders Council Treaty Gathering
•  Response/call from Federation of Victoria Traditional Owner Corporations





National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every child. Learn more

Little Kids Day In – First Peoples

Partnering with SNAICC, Scienceworks celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day with a special day dedicated to our nation’s First Peoples knowledge, stories and culture.

Monday 6 August 10am – 2pm
Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood

Information about this special event on Childrens’ Day



Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum

Reconciliation Victoria invites Local Reconciliation Groups, Networks and the broader community to a forum focussed on: Advocating for Reconciliation with State and Local Governments.

This forum will provide resources and information on how to work effectively with and advocate for reconciliation with your local and state governments. Speakers include Dr Susan Rennie (Victorian Local Governance Association) and Brigid Knight-Braniff (Antar Vic Co-chair).

Saturday 18 August, 10.15am – 2.30pm
MAYSAR, 184 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Registration essential via Eventbrite



Parliamentary Committee Report backs “Voice to Parliament”

The interim report released this week by the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition puts a national, constitutionally enshrined voice back on the table for further consideration by the Parliament and the Australian people. The interim report also reflects strong support for regional and local voices.

However, according to the report “clear support for the concept of a voice has not yet extended to any accepted view on what the voice, or series of voice proposals, should look like; nor is there clarity on how such bodies should interact with each other or with the Parliament and the executive”.

The committee is seeking further submissions until September 17, and will table its final report in late November. Read the Interim Report and Reconciliation Victoria’s submission to the JSC here
Find out more



Hundreds of massacre sites documented on new map

New research has revealed that as many as 500 massacres of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occurred in Australia, and mass killings occurred well into the middle of the 20th century.

The disturbing revelations were released by the University of Newcastle recently as part of the second stage of its online massacre map, which now covers frontier violence that occurred from the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 to the colonisation of the Northern Territory, South Australia and remote Queensland up to 1930.

Read the story from The Guardian here



Talks underway with Eastern Maar Traditional Owners

The Victorian Government is working with the Eastern Maar Traditional Owner group towards an agreement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010.

A commencement ceremony was recently held at Framlingham Aboriginal Community near Warrnambool to officially mark the beginning of settlement negotiations between Eastern Maar and the state government to formally recognise Eastern Maar’s rights over Crown land in southwest Victoria.

The area under negotiation stretches from near Port Fairy along the Great Ocean Road, up to Ararat in the north, and to Colac in the East. As well as measures to recognise, protect and enhance the Eastern Maar people’s rights over Crown land in this area, talks will focus on compensation to resolve native title claims and resources to promote economic development.
Read more



Aboriginal cultural rights in youth justice centres

Download the report here


Aboriginal cultural rights in youth justice centres is a joint report by the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC).

In late 2017 VEOHRC and CCYP partnered to conduct a series of interviews with youth justice stakeholders and Aboriginal cultural knowledge holders about how young people in Victoria’s youth justice centres could be better supported to maintain and develop their connections to culture and community.



The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) has launched three new annual awards in honour of its extraordinary founder.

The Mollie Dyer Awards celebrate Victorian Aboriginal peoples’ excellent work in supporting Aboriginal children, young people and families to feel safe, strong and proudly connected to Culture and Community.

The awards will honour, respectively, an Aboriginal community member, and Aboriginal employee in the sector, and an Aboriginal young person for their contribution to Aboriginal child and family services, particularly children in out-of-home care. At the awards ceremony in November, the winners will each receive a plaque and $3,000 for showing leadership and inspiring positive change.

Nomations are now open! Nominate by 5pm on September 14.

Read more about Aunty Mollie Dyer, and nominate here



State Government to address historical injustice

Former Victorian wards of the state, who were saddled with criminal backgrounds through the welfare system, will soon have their records expunged.

The Victorian Government recently introduced new legislation to prevent historical care and protection orders from being treated as a conviction or finding of guilt.

Until the early 1990s, the Children’s Court did not differentiate between the child protection and criminal matters it handled, and care and protection orders were recorded on a child’s criminal record. The charges do not appear on a modern police check but former wards of the state say it has caused them unnecessary trauma and great shame.

Last year several victims called for an apology from the state.

RecVic congratulates Woor-Dungin, a finalist in our 2018 HART Awards, for its important role in making this long overdue and badly-needed reform a reality.

Read more here



Volunteer opportunity

We are also seeking a volunteer with Adobe InDesign skills to help with some upcoming publications.

Contact the office if you are interested.




Connect, Create, Celebrate

On Wednesday 13 June and Thursday 14 June, the Koorie Youth Council (KYC) hosted the annual Koorie Youth Summit. This year’s theme was ‘Connect, Create, Celebrate’.

This theme focused on the simple idea of providing space for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Victoria to gather, yarn and celebrate as deadly young people of our communities.

Check out the Summit Summary Report



Port Phillip Reconciliation
Writing Competition

Don’t Keep History A Mystery

The Reconciliation Writing Competition 2018, organised by Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation, is open to all Victorians to explore ideas about our past and our connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, and to develop a deeper understanding of our national story. All styles of writing are encouraged including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Work must be original.

Download Flyer for all the details. Entries close 24 August.



Woiwurrung place names uncovered

For more than a century they appeared to be little more than barely legible scribbles in an old leather-bound notebook. 


But researchers have now been able to decipher the yellowed pages of scrawled, tiny handwriting to rediscover something that was thought forgotten: the Aboriginal names for many of Melbourne’s inner suburbs.

Fitzroy (Ngár-go), Brunswick (Bulleke-bek) and Collingwood (Yálla-birr-ang) are among the Melbourne places found in the notes of anthropologist Alfred William Howitt dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Others include North Melbourne (Yern-da-ville), Royal Park (Quor-nóng) and Burnley (Koi-wirp).

The notebooks are believed to be snatches of conversations Howitt had sometime between 1897 and 1901 with William Barak (pictured), leader of the Wurundjeri-willam clan, and his fellow Kulin nation countryman, Dick Richards.

The authors would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Council for their assistance in preparing this article. Permission for access and use of any cultural information, language, and place names within this article must be obtained by written approval from the Wurundjeri Council.

Read the article from The Age here





Yarra Libraries presents

The Cultural Forum Series:
The Stolen Generations

> What can be done to ensure indigenous children do not lose their sense of Aboriginality?
> What are the greater changes and actions that need to be taken by not only government, but Australia as a whole to ensure a confident future for our First Nations peoples?


Eva Jo Edwards and Ian Hamm will explore these broader issues whilst reflecting on their own personal experiences.

Ian Hamm is a Yorta Yorta man and has extensive government and community sector experience, particularly at executive and governance levels. Ian is currently Acting CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).

Eva-Jo Edwards is a Boonwurrung / Mutti Mutti / Yorta Yorta woman, and member of the Stolen Generation who has made an immense contribution professionally and culturally to the Aboriginal community of Victoria and beyond.

Wednesday 1 August, 7pm – 8pm
Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
182 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy
More information and bookings



Malthouse Theatre presents


On a dig in the Australian outback, archaeologist Dr Jacqueline Black unearths a mystical skull from a hidden mass grave. It talismanically transforms her into arse-kicking Indigenous superhero Blackie Blackie Brown.

Her mission: to track down every last descendant of the men who killed her ancestors and have her revenge.

The unstoppable Nakkiah Lui (Blaque Showgirls, ABC’s Black Comedy) and Declan Greene (Calpurnia Descending) team up with Barkindji, Birri-Gubba illustrator Emily Johnson and digital animation studio Oh Yeah Wow. The result is a hilarious live-action bad-arse blaxploitation superhero comic book that will have you baying for blood.

Due to popular demand, three extra shows have been added to the season. Now showing until 3 August.

Beckett Theatre at the Malthouse
113 Sturt Street, Southbank
More information



Sharp as a tack and blunt as a brick, The Season is a funny, charming and real portrait of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture. It features the exciting – but all too rare – combination of an Aboriginal writer, director and seven-member cast of some of the nation’s most distinguished Aboriginal actors, including Trevor Jamieson (The Secret River) and Mathew Cooper (Redfern Now).

Families are like seasons: you don’t get to pick them, and when they show up you best be ready.

Thursday 2, Friday 3, Saturday 4 August  7.30pm
Alexander Theatre, Monash University

More information
Buy tickets here



The Ruby Hunter Foundation Benefit Concert will help raise funds for two Aboriginal artists to tour and perform at two major concert events in South Australia in October 2018 at the Murray Bridge Town Hall, and the NO:RI festival in Barmera.

Saturday 4 August, 8pm.
The Tote, Johnston St, Collingwood
Find out more




Blak screens and blak voices:

First Australian filmmakers


A free event during the Melbourne Film Festival featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers discussing their approach to cinema in front and behind the camera.

Jack Charles is a Boonwurrung elder, and an iconic Australian actor and activist.
Beck Cole is an acclaimed filmmaker who hails from Alice Springs and is a member of the Warramungu people of Central Australia.
Rob Collins is a Tiwi man born and raised in Darwin. He graduated from the National Institute for Dramatic Arts in 2013.
Curtis Taylor is a filmmaker, screen artist, actor and a young Martu leader.
Cecilia Lewis is an Emmi woman from the saltwater region of Mabuluk along the northwest coast of the Top End of the Northern Territory with family connections stretching through the Roper River region.
Linda Yarrowin is an Emmi woman from the saltwater region of Mabuluk along the northwest coast of the Top End of the NT.
Albert Wiggan is a Nyul Nyul man and a young Traditional Owner who helped turn West Kimberley’s Beagle Bay community around from near insolvency to be one of the exemplars in the region. He features in the MIFF Premiere Fund supported documentary feature Undermined: Tales from The Kimberley, which screens on 8, 11 and 12 August.

Tuesday 7 August  7pm
The Cube at ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
Further information on the panelists



The Wurundjeri people are the recognised Traditional Owners of a large geographically diverse area that encompasses both urban and rural lands, including the Darebin region.

Hear a Wurundjeri Elder speak about Wurundjeri culture and history at this frank and engaging discussion that recognises the strong physical and cultural presence of Wurundjeri people in Darebin and their struggle for rights and social justice.

Wednesday 8 August
7 – 8pm. Preston Library
Hosted by Darebin City Council.
Registration and information



Wurundjeri Week

Traditional Games Day

A day of Aboriginal games and fun for the whole family, featuring a performance by Djirri Djirri Dance Group.

Games leaders Uncle Bill Nicholson Jnr and Mandy Nicholson will guide you through a range of activities including boomerang throwing, spear throwing and marngrook.

Sunday 12 August, 10am – 1pm
ATC Cook Reserve, Glenroy.
Free Event.  Find out more




The Boîte Millennium Chorus 2018:
Mission Songs

The Boite Millennium Chorus is an unauditioned choir with a reputation for producing outstanding concerts, exploring and celebrating Australia’s rapidly changing cultural landscape.

Jessie Lloyd’s brilliantly successful Missions Songs Project is reviving Australian indigenous songs from the mission days. These moving songs, beautifully arranged, tell an important story about the Australia we live in today. This initiative is reviving contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state-run settlements and native camps, to where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were often forcibly relocated.

Sunday 12 August  2.30 – 4.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall
Bookings and info



Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group
invites you to a

post-McMillan celebration

Join with others who contributed to the removal of McMillan’s name
in the Federal Electorate, or were very pleased to see him go!

Thursday 16 August  3pm
Inverloch Community Hub
Cnr Reilly and A’Beckett Streets, Inverloch
Enquiries: Marg Lynn 0419 361039




Aboriginal Family History Day


Unlock the tools to research your mob’s family history in this all day event.

>  A Welcome Ceremony by Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation
>  A look inside the photographic and other unique collections of the State Library
>  A talking circle for Stolen Generations people
>  Learn about the collections of other archival institutions
>  Meet the State Library’s family history staff and experience ‘Mukurtu’, an online Keeping Place

Monday 20 August
Doors open at 9.30am and lunch is provided
Contact The Koori Unit on 8664 7174 for further information.
More information and bookings




Reconciliation Stonnington AGM

Special Guest Speaker: Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner.

The Stonnington Mayor will report on Council’s reconciliation activities. There will be refreshments! All welcome.

Wednesday 22 August  6-8pm
Grattan Gardens Community Centre, 40 Grattan Street, Prahran.




Alexis Wright

Tuesday 28 August


Discover the research behind Alexis Wright’s Stella Prize-winning book Tracker. Join Wright, winner of the Miles Franklin for Carpentaria, in conversation with Bonnie Chew about the process of writing her collective memoir of Tracker Tilmouth.
Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne
Information and bookings


Frontier Wars:
Henry Reynolds

Sunday 26 August


Why are there no official commemorations of the wars fought on Australian soil between First Nations people and white colonists? Author and historian Henry Reynolds explores this question with academic Marcia Langton, and why the frontier wars are still so controversial today.
ACMI Cinema 1, Federation Square, Melbourne
Information and bookings


Black Lives,
Refugee Lives

Saturday 1 September


An estimated one-in-ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths is from suicide. An estimated 50 percent of refugees to Australia are further traumatised by immigration processes. Riyadh Al-Hakimi, Gerry Georgatos and Megan Krakouer (pictured) on learning, empathy, hope and ways forward.
Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
Information and tickets


Brow Talks:
Nayuka Gorrie

Sunday 2 September


The world might be run by hostile gronks but on the bright side, hostile gronks are a lot of fun to laugh at. Nayuka Gorrie explores a history of laughing at people in power and ways to do it today.
Belleville, Level 1, Globe Alley, Melbourne
Free session. No bookings required. 18+ event, ID may be requested. Limited seating with plenty of standing room available.


How I Survived: Nayuka Gorrie and Nakkiah Lui

Saturday 1 September


Co-writers and stars of ABC’s irreverent Black Comedy, Nayuka Gorrie and Nakkiah Lui (pictured) discuss their experience of breaking into the world of television comedy writing as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, sharing how they supported each other along the way.
Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
Information and tickets


Pretty for an Aboriginal:
Set it Alight

Wednesday 29 August


Part podcast, part polemic, part stand-up, this conversation with Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell (pictured) and a very special guest burns down the structures, strictures and power brokers that have governed the entertainment industry for too long. Featuring performances by upcoming Indigenous musician BIRDZ with support from Alice Skye.
The Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury
Information and tickets



YARN Australia and Merring present a

Narrm (Melbourne)

to engage the community in our vision to create connection between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.

Join us for a special afternoon of conversation, storytelling, food, music and an exhibition from First Nations artists.

Limited tickets available. Get in quick so you don’t miss out. Our previous events have sold out.

Sunday 26 August 4 – 7pm
Merring Studio, 340 Separation Street, Northcote
$30. Purchase tickets here.
More Information




World Premiere Season

Compelling contemporary dance, soul-stirring soundscapes and uniquely Australian stories – Bangarra is a company at the peak of its powers. In superb form after the sold-out season of Bennelong, it returns in 2018 with a major new dance work, Dark Emu. 

Inspired by the award-winning book by Bruce Pascoe, Dark Emu explores the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories directed by Stephen Page.

Thursday 6 – Saturday 15 September
Arts Centre Melbourne
Information and Bookings

JUST ANNOUNCED   Bangarra have received seven Helpmann Awards at this year’s awards ceremony, which celebrates the artistic achievement and excellence of Australia’s performing arts. The accolades were announced last week with Bennelong taking out the prestigious titles of ‘Best New Australian Work’, ‘Best Dance Production’, ‘Best Male Dancer’ , ‘Best Choreography’ , ‘Best Scenic Design’  and ‘Best Lighting Design’ .



Yarra Library
Author Talk

Wednesday 12 September 
6.30 – 7.30pm
Carlton Library
667 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North


Matthew Lillyst, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski and Jack Latimore – three of the Melbourne-based contributors – will be on a panel and interviewed.

Fundraiser for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). Entrance is free but all attendees will be asked to make at least a gold coin donation. The more people, the more we can raise!



Birrarung Wilam (River Walk)

The Koorie Heritage Trust’s Birrarung Wilam Walk takes you through Federation Square and down to the Birrarung Wilam (Common Ground) Aboriginal art installations, experiencing the Aboriginal history of the Birrarung Marr (beside the river of mists) and Aboriginal Peoples of the Kulin Nation.

Every Thursday and Friday from 1pm to 2pm

Bookings essential
More information



First Release Tickets on sale now!
Only $59!

Book them here.



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Key Dates

Saturday 4 August: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

9 August: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Upcoming Reconciliation Forums

Saturday 18 August: 10.30am-2.30pm
184 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Saturday 27 October (combined with AGM)

Metro Melbourne

More details to follow closer to the time – keep an eye out on Facebook and our website. In the meantime, feel free to contact us with any questions.




Linden Arts presents

Two Voices, One Tjukurpa


Drawing upon the 2018 National NAIDOC theme, Wangka Kutjara, Tjukurpa Kutju –Two Voices, One Tjukurpa – presents the mother-daughter relationship of Anangu women Puna Yanima and Linda Puna for the first time in a public gallery setting.

The duo’s work maps out sacred sites and everyday life of the Mimili community and surrounding Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the northwest of South Australia.

Until 2 September
Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra
More information
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Walk and Talk
Friday 3 August

10am to 12.30pm – $33

Join Wangka Kutjara, Tjukurpa Kutju curator David Hagger for a special opportunity to learn about the key themes of this exhibition, as well as the art practices of mother and daughter APY Lands artists Puna Yanima and Linda Puna.

The tour will start at Domain House and will conclude with an exclusive Aboriginal Heritage Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens Indigenous Plant collection, which will include a traditional smoking ceremony with an Indigenous guide and information about traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine.

Meet at Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra
More information

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Free family activity: Mapping My Home

Artists Puna Yanima and Linda Puna are mother and daughter. The artworks in their exhibition Wangka Kutjara, Tjukurpa Kutju are a bit like maps of the sacred sites of their traditional home in South Australia.

In this free drop-in activity, mothers and daughters, kids and families, are invited to work together to create a map of their home or favourite places.

Using the materials provided, families can draw and use collage to make their maps which can be attached to the gallery wall, or taken home.

DATES > Weekends during 28 July to 2 September 2018
TIMES > 10AM to 3PM
VENUE > Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra
COST > FREE. All materials provided.
Find out more



Victorian Aboriginal communities have come together to create a unique, family-friendly exhibition celebrating the bunyip.

Witness a re-imagining of bunyips and their homes with a contemporary interpretation of cultural stories surrounding inner demons and monsters.

Too-roo-dun is a Boonwurrung word for bunyip, which is a word from the Wathawurrung language.

Join us on Saturday 4 August from 3pm – 5pm to celebrate the launch of the exhibition and meet some of the artists.

Exhibition runs Sunday 5 August – Thursday 16 August
10am to 5pm daily
Bunjil Place Studio, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren. Phone 9709 9700




A national survey of Contemporary Indigenous Design

The Blak Design Matters exhibition captures a moment in time, involving a range of Indigenous designers, across a range of design disciplines. You will see the built-environment professions of architecture, landscape and interior design alongside communication design and branding, plus
fashion, jewellery, furniture and fabric design.
Jefa Greenaway (Wailwan / Kamilaroi) – Guest Curator

Find out more

Until 30 September
Level 1, Yarra Building, Federation Square.



The art of healing: Australian Indigenous bush medicine

It follows the premise of Tjukurrpa (dreaming). It looks at traditional Indigenous healing practice as past, present and future simultaneously. It will present examples of healing practice from the many distinct and varied Indigenous communities throughout Australia. These will be shown through contemporary art practice and examples of plants and medicines.
More information

Melbourne University Medical History Museum,
Brownless Biomedical Library, Kernot Road, Parkville
Until 29 September



Be immersed in a celebration of Indigenous culture as we launch the Rona Pamkal Scholarship.

A collection of artworks from the Northern Territory and Victoria has been brought together to showcase the breadth of artistic practice from the communities with which we work.

This is a special collaboration between Trinity College and the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School – MITS.

Until 30 November
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm, or by appointment.

Trinity College, Gateway Building,100 Royal Parade, Parkville

More information
View the catalogue
Price List



Yalka Lotjpa Nha
Exhibition, Book Launch & Animation

Yalka Lotjpa Nha is a collaborative book writing and animation project that began in 2017. It is collaboration between writers and artists from Kaiela Arts in Shepparton. A labour of love and dedicated to the children of the region.

Yalka Lotjpa Nha is a companion book to Living Stories – A Trip up the River and is an A to Z in Yorta Yorta language.

The exhibition will feature original artworks created for the book, the published book and a showing of the animation.

Thursday 13 September, 6.30pm – 8pm
Kaiela Arts
137-139 High St, Shepparton
More info






Monthly Weaving Workshops


Weaving Circle with Journey-Woman weaver Donna Blackall (Yorta Yorta/Taungurung).
Donna will start us on the coil weave and then take us through a variety of weaves evident in the Koorie Heritage Trust collection.

Friday 24 August
2.30 – 3.30pm
Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Information and Bookings





Reconciliation Banyule Film Nights

First Monday of each month at 7.30pm at the Ivanhoe Uniting Church, 19 Seddon Street, Ivanhoe


Last of the Nomads

Monday 6 August

Like an antipodean version of Romeo and Juliet, it emerges that Warri and Yatungka became the last nomads because they had married outside their tribal laws and eloped to the most inaccessible of regions.






Archie Roach:
A Life in Song

Aboriginal singer-songwriter Archie Roach became the voice of the Stolen Generations with his ballad Took the Children Away.

Removed from his family at the age of three, Archie grew up to be a troubled youth, before finding his feet through music and meeting his life-long partner Ruby Hunter, also a musician and member of the Stolen Generations. He traces his life from stolen child to Indigenous leader and sings the songs which signpost his life.

Recorded at the Blue Mountains Music Festival in March this year.
Listen here




Indigenous Australia and Racism

What role does racism play in the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia today?

How does racism impact on the health of Indigenous Australians?

How has racial oppression become institutionalised over the decades and how has this been rationalised since European settlement?

In this panel – the final in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Crystal McKinnon, Mark McMillan and Maryrose Casey discuss the impact of racism in Australia today.

Recorded at The Wheeler Centre on 12 May 2018.

Listen to this podcast, and find out more about the panelists




What can Australia learn about Indigenous rights from New Zealand?


In New Zealand, the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, which recognised the rights of the Maori population, is considered a founding document.

Moana Jackson (above) is a prominent Maori lawyer and academic from New Zealand. He’s also an expert on the Treaty of Waitangi. He spoke to RN Drive ahead of delivering a speech on treaty, sovereignty and self-governance at the 10th annual Dungala Kaiela Oration.

Download here



Woor-Dungin means ‘share’ in the language of the Gunnai people of south-eastern Victoria, and sharing is the philosophy underpinning the Woor-Dungin model. Woor-Dungin is a living model for successful partnerships among Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and philanthropic and pro bono partners.

The latest news from Woor-Dungin, a finalist in the 2018 HART Award category “Changing the Way We Work” can be read here



Reconciliation News is a national magazine produced by Reconciliation Australia twice a year. Its aim is to inform and inspire readers with stories relevant to the process of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.
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Growing up Aboriginal
in Australia

Edited by Anita Heiss, this collection of truly diverse stories – sometimes surprising and funny, often confronting and always illuminating – paint a rich and detailed picture of what it means to come of age as an Aboriginal Australian.

How do the formative experiences of Aboriginal Australians shape their sense of self and their sense of community? And what experiences do Aboriginal kids across the country have in common – whether they’re in the city or the suburbs or in the most remote corners of the continent?

The Wheeler Centre in June hosted a panel with Celeste Liddle, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski, Anita Heiss discussing their formative years and life lessons.
Listen to the podcast



Maggolee – here in this place

The Maggolee website, developed by Reconciliation Victoria, includes information on policy and programs, protocols and cultural awareness, Traditional Owner groups and local Aboriginal organisations, Aboriginal languages, key local contacts, news and events.

It contains information about each of the 79 Victorian local government areas, and about actions councils can take across key function areas to build closer relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and to progress reconciliation.

Maggolee has also proven to be a useful resource for teachers, educators and the wider community.




Jill Gallagher and the road ahead for Victoria’s Treaty

by Daniel James

“No-one ever said negotiating a Treaty between Traditional Owners (TO) and the Victorian State Government was going to be easy. Nothing like this has ever been attempted before by any country in the modern era. The challenges are large, but not insurmountable. The political will is there; but for how long?”

Daniel James is a Yorta Yorta man on Wurrundjeri land. He is a writer, consultant and passionate social justice advocate.

Gunditjimara woman and lifelong advocate for her people, Jill Gallagher AO is tasked with creating the framework that will formally allow negotiations to take place.

Read here

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Australia is not a Multicultural Country

by Luke Pearson

“Every now and then you see something that is intended to be unifying along the lines of “Everyone except Indigenous people came here as immigrants!” While it is often intended as a lovely, ‘don’t be racist to immigrants’ type sentiment, it simply isn’t true.”

Luke Pearson is a Gamilaroi man living in NSW. He is a writer, public speaker, trainer, and consultant, and is also the founder and editor of Indigenousx.

Read here

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Lidia Thorpe: Member for Northcote

by Daniel James

“On paper, it would seem unlikely that a kid that grew up on a housing commission estate, left school at 14 and who has a deep rooted disdain for pomp and ceremony would go on to become the first Aboriginal Victorian to become a member of the state’s Parliament.

Societal norms, racial and social stereotypes do little to encourage you to move beyond your station in life. These pressures try to force you to conform.

But then again, Gunnai-Gunditjamara woman Lidia Thorpe has never been one for conformity. “I was born into politics, know nothing else. Growing up at a time family were politically active for our people to have a say in the 60s and 70s and setting up organisations to have a voice and to have a presence is the beginnings of my life”.

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The language of blame, responsibility and accountability

by Luke Pearson

“Aboriginal people are over-represented in most of the negative statistics and under-represented in most of the positive ones. This is the fundamental reality underpinning government programs like ‘closing the gap’.

The language we use to talk about this ‘gap’ is of crucial importance.”

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Constitutional Recognition:
A Wicked Problem?

Little more than a year after an unprecedented gathering of Indigenous elders and academics, delegates and activists, delivered the Uluru Statement from the Heart – and thereby laying out a new road map to constitutional recognition and substantive equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – the political conversation surrounding recognition has all but stalled.

Listen to this episode of The Minefield from ABC RN.





Are you keen to embed Aboriginal culture and perspectives into your early childhood setting but are not sure how to start?  Are you scared as a non-Aboriginal person about getting it wrong?

The Aboriginal Early Childhood Practice Guide is an accessibly written and beautifully created book designed to assist non-Aboriginal early childhood educators and teachers to embed Aboriginal perspectives into their everyday curriculum underpinned by anti-bias approaches.

The book is designed to give you the information you need to start this process with courage. It will guide you to imbue Aboriginal perspectives across your curriculum rather than treating this important part of teaching young children as something that can be added on.

It is a must have for every service, every educator and every teacher.

Pre-order your book here at the special price of $90.



Aboriginal Perspectives in Early Childhood:
More than Tapping Sticks and Boomerangs

How does one approach Aboriginal perspectives without
being tokenistic?

What is okay and what is not okay?

During this workshop, participants will explore diverse ways of incorporating Aboriginal perspectives into pedagogy, practice and curriculum. We will take you on a journey as we (indigenous and non-indigenous facilitators) share our ‘journeys’ of grappling with Aboriginal perspectives. The stories we will share are powerful catalysts for change and will assist you in understanding the ways
in which Aboriginal perspectives can come to life in your curriculum.

20 August, 9am-3.30pm
Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre
85 Liardet St, Port Melbourne

Registration and info



Reconciliation Resource Review – Subject Guides

To support teachers and educators in embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content and perspectives across all subject areas, the Narragunnawali team has created 15 subject-specific resource guides which can be used as part of resource evaluation and curriculum planning.

You can download the resource guide for your teaching area
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Webinars – Intro to Narragunnawali

This year we are excited to launch a new webinar platform and registrations are now open! In these webinars, we’ll walk you through the process of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and talk you through some of the professional learning and curriculum resources that can support you in this process.


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