Reconciliation Vic Newsletter July 2018

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July Reconciliation News 

What a month it’s been! History has been made with the passage through the Victorian Parliament of Australia’s first ever Treaty legislation.  We extend our congratulations to the Aboriginal Community members and Government and other MPs who worked so hard together to take this historic step.  We acknowledge there is still a huge amount of work to do to negotiate a Treaty and encourage you all to inform yourself about the process and get on board to lobby and advocate for an outcome that results in justice and self-determination for Victoria’s First Nations Peoples.

Another recent step we applaud was the recognition paid to William Cooper and Sir Doug Nicholls, as two Victorian electorates were renamed by the AEC (while also dropping the names Batman and McMillan – two historical figures associated with massacres of Aboriginal people).

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who organised, attended or volunteered at one of the 200 or so events that took place around Victoria during National Reconciliation Week.

In a few days, NAIDOC Week 2018 kicks off in Victoria.  This year’s theme, “Because of her we can!”, celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. We encourage you to join in the celebrations by attending one of the many events, some of which are highlighted below.

And we’d love to see you at our upcoming Victorian Reconciliation Forum on Saturday 18th August where, among other things, the next steps in the Treaty process will be discussed.

~ The RecVic team






The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018, the road map to treaty negotiations and Australia’s first ever Treaty legislation, passed through Parliament late last week. Read more

Treaty Advancement Commissioner, Jill Gallagher AO will be holding community gatherings with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to explain details of the Representative Body and the next steps in the process in Bendigo, Echuca, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Wodonga in mid July. Other gatherings will be held in the Latrobe Valley, Sale, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost in the coming weeks.

For more information about the community gatherings and times and venues, you can 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






NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our
rich history and to our nation.

See below for some of the key Victorian events.  Visit the National NAIDOC website for a more extensive listing.


The annual Flag Raising Ceremony officially marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week in Victoria.

It brings members of the community together to publicly commemorate the importance of NAIDOC week. The event honours continued connection to culture, country, and language of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and a moment of silence for our people who have gone before us.

Federation Square, 9.30 – 11am



This year’s march starts at 9am at VAHS with a pre-March festival – including snacks, coffee, banner making, face painting, entertainment and general frivolity!

The March departs from VAHS, heads down Nicholson Street onto Spring Street, turns down Bourke Street and then onto Swanston Street, finishing up at Fed Square.

The NAIDOC Committee invites all people, councils, organisations and businesses to come and march in solidarity.

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
186 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy. 9am – 2pm
More information



Special NAIDOC week event showcasing Indigenous women

Friday 6 July from 6.30pm

NOCTURNAL at the Melbourne Museum will feature some of Australia’s most exciting up and coming artists.


Thelma Plum (pictured) will perform music from her dynamic Monsters EP and 2012’s breakout EP Rosie.

Mojo Juju, with her dynamic and genre-defying sound, will also be performing alongside PNG-born Kaiit. Her jazz/neo-soul roots and classic and contemporary influences make her a formidable new talent to watch out for.

DJ Sovereign Trax will be bringing First Peoples to the front with a selection of tracks set to decolonise our musical horizons and expand our minds.

Jane Harrison of Blak Writers will also be curating a side-stage devoted to poetry, spoken word and storytelling by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women writers.

Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Information and tickets



Exhibition continues until 22 July



Melbourne Recital Centre 

Yinga-bul – a celebration of song for NAIDOC week

Yinga-bul, a Boon Wurrung word meaning Singing to People, highlights local artists celebrating Indigenous culture through music and song.

With a focus on capturing storytelling through song, Yinga-bul features works across video, concerts and opera with the central theme of celebrating Indigenous music and musicians.


Deline Briscoe – Wawu

Thursday 5 July, 7pm
The Salon
Melbourne Recital Centre


Yalanji songwoman Deline Briscoe’s creative vision is realised in her debut solo album Wawu: Spirit.
Information & Tickets


Gubberdee with Marcia Langton

Friday 6 July, 6pm
Ground Floor Foyer
Melbourne Recital Centre


Join Jessie Lloyd and Professor Marcia Langton in conversation as they discuss the meaning of this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her, we can!’.
More information
Free non-ticketed event


Marlene Cummins
Marloo’s Blues

Friday 6 July, 7pm
The Salon
Melbourne Recital Centre


Marlene Cummins presents a biographical journey through her music with songs and lyrics inspired by a myriad of political, social and personal experiences.
Information & Tickets


Mission Songs Project

Saturday 7 July, 3pm
The Salon
Melbourne Recital Centre


Bring your voices and instruments to join Jessie Lloyd and friends in a mass jam session of songs from the Missions’ era.
Information & Tickets


Gubberdee with Nova Peris

Saturday 7 July, 6pm
Ground Floor Foyer
Melbourne Recital Centre


Join Jessie Lloyd in conversation as she discusses the meaning of this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her, we can!’ with Nova Peris.
More information
Free non-ticketed event


Songs in Noongar Language

Saturday 7 July, 7pm
The Salon
Melbourne Recital Centre


Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse perform Ngalak Warangka: Songs in Noongar Language
Information & Tickets



A Boroondara Reconciliation Action Project

Treaty Now!

Jill Gallagher, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner


Hear our Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner describe the Treaty process to this point – the legislation, the challenges, the successes, the path forward – in this process critical to Reconciliation and justice in Victoria. Talk, followed by Q&A.

Thursday 12 July 
7.30 – 9pm
Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School
12 Whitehorse Road, Deepdene
More info



Victorian NAIDOC presents

Kutcha Edwards and band

Friday 13 July

“Music is not what I do, it is who I am. My songs may be contemporary but they are more than 40,000 years old. They come through me from my ancestors and my people … and they tell our stories.”

Singer-songwriter and proud Mutti Mutti man, Kutcha Edwards, perfroms music fusing his beautiful voice with soulful arrangements. Kutcha’s deep, rhythmic tones are that of a storyteller whose inispiring songs are passionately heartfelt, evoking an ancient connection to Aboriginal culture.

The Velvet Room at The Thornbury Theatre
859 High Street, Thornbury
Doors open 7pm

Phone tickets 1300 762 545
Buy tickets here





Ricci Marks Award winners 2018


L to R: Rising Star recipient Mikayla George, Ricci Marks recipient Jedda Costa, Aunty Annita Marks and Ricci Marks recipient Amber Barker-Lovett
Congratulations to all the inspiring nominations, and in particular the 3 winners:

AMBER BARKER-LOVETT, a strong and proud Gunditjmara and Wemba Wemba woman, actively involved in Koori youth programs in Ballarat. She is a mentor for the Ballarat to Sydney Koorie Youth Leadership Trip, the Dungulayin Mileka Team in the Massive Murray Paddle, AIME and the Koorie Academy of Success.

JEDDA COSTA,  a proud Wemba Wemba, Yorta Yorta and Mutti Mutti woman, in her final year of a journalism degree at RMIT. She is passionate about fair and balanced media, especially regarding the reportage of Indigenous affairs.

MIKAYLA GEORGE, an elite athlete determined to represent Australia internationally. Mikayla has a full scholarship in the Australian Aerial Skiing program at the Victorian Institute of Sport – one of the first Aboriginal aerial skiers in the program – and is on a journey to compete at the next Winter Olympics.

Read more about the winners and finalists



Deadly Questions campaign launched

Deadly Questions is a website developed by Aboriginal Victoria to provide a space for Aboriginal Victorians to discuss history and how it affects their lives today, as well as to share the strength and vibrancy of their cultures, with the aim of building understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

The campaign provides an opportunity for non-Aboriginal Victorians to acquire a deeper understanding of Aboriginal cultures, history, and the issues facing Aboriginal communities.

Visit the website now



Volunteer opportunity

We are seeking someone to help us with some admin work to help wrap up NRW, preparing some stats from various sources on NRW events, e.g. listed on Reconciliation Australia NRW Online Calendar, RecVic eNews and Facebook page, etc.

Time commitment would be approx. 2-3 days, and can mostly be done from home (but would need access to a computer and the internet).

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

Contact the office if you are interested.



William Cooper recognised in electorate name-change

The long running campaign to change the name of the Melbourne federal electorate of Batman has ended with the seat to be officially renamed as Cooper, in recognition of prominent Aboriginal rights campaigner William Cooper.

William Cooper, a secretary of the Australian Aborigines League, campaigned for direct representation in Parliament, enfranchisement, land rights and federal control of Aboriginal affairs. Cooper joins Sir Doug Nicholls in having an electorate named after him, with Nicholls becoming the new name for the electorate of Murray in northern Victoria.

The AEC, in recognition “of the importance of maintaining Aboriginal names where possible”, also retained the name of the Division of Corangamite in the South-West.

Disappointingly, the campaign to have the Gippsland seat of McMillan changed to a name recommended by the Gunnaikurnai and Bunurong Peoples was not successful. While the name McMillan was dropped in recognition of the atrocities committed by Angus McMillan, their preferred name was rejected in favour of Monash.  Read more



Treaty Community Engagement Program

The Treaty Community Engagement Program aims to support Traditional Owner groups and other Aboriginal organisations and business to:

  • engage with Victorian Aboriginal communities and non-Aboriginal Victorians on key matters relating to the treaty process
  • gain practical insights into how self-determination and treaty can strengthen Victorian Aboriginal communities
  • build capacity amongst Traditional Owners and other Victorian Aboriginal groups in preparation for the next phase of the treaty process

Grant applications open until 9 July 2018

Find out more



Australia’s largest commercial Aboriginal art gallery has recently opened at the Mitchelton winery complex outside Nagambie.

The underground gallery with its soaring ceiling and huge space is filled with more than 30 significant works from 14 art centres and communities around Australia.

Among them are large-scale paintings by Yannima Tommy Watson (who passed away in November), Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi (daughter of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri) and George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi.


Read the full story here.



Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation that puts culture at the heart of your governance? Is your organisation creative and effective? Does it show real leadership?


Then show your true colours, and apply for the

Indigenous Governance Awards 2018

The Awards recognise the most innovative and effective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, projects and initiatives from around the country, and showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people determining and driving change. Applications have been extended until 20 July. Apply now



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.







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 & Bookings



Briars Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Walk

Discover how Victorian Aboriginal peoples have cared for and used the flora and fauna of the Mornington Peninsula during a beautiful walk with Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man Lionel Lauch (Living Culture) as your guide.

Saturday 7 July
10am – 1pm
The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway. Mount Martha

Bookings are essential. Book here.



Island Whale Festival
Phillip Island July 6th – 8th.

The 2018 Island Whale Festival includes an intercultural arts festival featuring Uncle Kutcha Edwards, Uncle Bunna Lawrie,Uncle Herb Patten, Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir, Steve Parker, Lisa Kennedy, Steve Schulz, Ruth McKittrick Chambers, Camille Monet and other wonderful local artists and musicians.

The festival includes a ceremony to bless the whales as well as story-telling, community singing in Boon Wurrung language, whale soundscapes, drumming circles, Deep Listening circles, and the creation of a community-led Whale Migration Mural using recycled materials and featuring whale artworks from Aboriginal men from the Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Centre in South Gippsland.

Find out more



Songs and Words

with Uncle Jack Charles

Saint Charlie Bar and The Fitzroy Art Collective event you to a wonderful night of song and spoken word with the iconic and entertaining star of stage and screen Uncle Jack Charles.

Friday 20 July, 7pm
Saint Charlie Bar, 386-388 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

More information and tickets



More information about the Leaps and Bounds Festival



At Home in Country, At Home in the World

Hosted by University of Melbourne and Kaiela Institute

Our guest speaker Dr Moana Jackson, Director of Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Ture (the Maori Legal Service) and Lecturer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki.

Tuesday 24 July  5 – 7pm
Rumbalara Football Netball Club, Shepparton

More information



Sites of Significance in Kulin Melbourne: A Walking Tour

The Koorie Heritage Trust in partnership with Open House Melbourne and Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV) will be presenting the Sites of Significance in Kulin Melbourne: A Walking Tour as part of Open House Melbourne 2018.

Join us on a walking tour of Kulin Melbourne and see sites of significant cultural heritage, contemporary Indigenous architecture and design, commemorative markers, local Aboriginal organisations and important historic and political sites.

Saturday 28 July, 11:30am – 1:00pm




Enrolments are now open for

The Boîte Millennium Chorus:
Mission Songs


The iconic, massive choir project that brings singers of all levels from across Victoria to learn and perform together at the Melbourne Town Hall. 

This year’s theme has been developed in partnership with the Mission Songs Project, an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999. Read more

Participating in this beautiful project, offers the privilege of working alongside two important figures in the contemporary music scene in Melbourne: Jessie Lloyd, Artistic Director and Jessica Hitchcock, Choir Director.

Enrolment in the Boite Millennium Chorus includes music resources, a t-shirt, rehearsals on July 14, 15 and August 11, and participation in the concert at the Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 12 August. Find out more



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 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



Yarra Library Author Talk

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!

Wednesday 12th of September. 6:30-7:30 pm

Carlton Library, 667 Rathdowne St, Carlton North



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



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Save the Date!

Upcoming Reconciliation Forums

Saturday 18 August: 10.30am-2.30pm
MAYSAR, 184 Gertrude St, 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.





The Next Matriarch

Curated by Kimberley Moulton and Liz Nowell

Sovereign female voices consider past and future matriarchy. Calling on the strength of women past, present and future, the exhibition presents new and recent photography, painting, video and installation works by seven leading artists from across Australia: Paola Balla, Ali Gumillya Baker, Hannah Brontë, Miriam Charlie, Amrita Hepi, Nicole Monks, and Kaylene Whiskey.

The exhibition presents new and recent photography, painting, video and installation works by leading artists from across Australia.

Until Friday 13 July
Koorie Heritage Trust, Level 1, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne.

For more information visit the Trust website.



A national survey of Contemporary Indigenous Design

Join the Koorie Heritage Trust for a drink and some food with a DJ set by KYAANZ to celebrate the opening of this landmark exhibition.

As First Nations’ designers are leading a movement away from collaborative or consultative models to Indigenous-led design, this survey exhibition showcases contemporary Indigenous design projects from across Australia.

The Exhibition will be opened on Saturday 21 July at 6pm by the Minister for Creative Industries, The Hon. Martin Foley.

For more information visit our website.

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



 Baluk Arts invites you to


An immersive and imagined exhibition celebrating the Bunyip.

Opening: Saturday 7 July 2pm
Exhibition from 3 – 14 July
fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

For more information



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




Museums Victoria proudly presents Bush Mechanics, an exhibition from the National Motor Museum in partnership with History Trust of South Australia, PAW Media and Visions of Australia. Drawing on images, objects and footage from the much-loved Bush Mechanics television series (PAW Media and ABC), this exhibition explores Indigenous knowledge and ingenuity, the importance of cars to remote communities, bush life and the humour of the outback.
Until Sunday 15 July
10am – 5pm

Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton.  More information



NGV hosts two complementary exhibitions that explore Australia’s complex colonial past and the art that emerged during and in response to this period. Presented concurrently, the two exhibitions, Colony: Australia 1770–1861 and Colony: Frontier Wars, offer two parallel experiences of the settlement of Australia.

Australia 1770-1861 –
More information
Ends 2 September

Frontier Wars –
More information

Ends 15 July

Daily, 10am – 5pm
NGV, Federation Square, Melbourne



No Turning Back


The Torch supports current and former Indigenous offenders in Victoria through its Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program.

The program provides art, cultural strengthening and arts vocational support to Indigenous inmates and parolees who are greatly over represented in the criminal justice system. Opportunities to create new pathways through art and culture reduce recidivism are central to the program.

Until 20 July
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2, Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne Docklands.
Open from 9am – 5pm.

More information






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.

Thursday 26 July
2.30 – 3.30pm
Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Info and Bookings



Printing on Tote Bags with the Pitcha Makin’ Fellas

This month we will have the amazing Pitcha Makin Fellas printing on tote bags!

Meet the Fellas, a deadly mob of independent Aboriginal men who are passionate about their community and culture. They come together on a regular basis to write and paint. The Fellas are Myles Walsh, Peter-Shane Rotumah, Adrian Rigney, and Ted Laxton, assisted by Peter Widmer.

Friday 13 July, 2:30pm – 4:00pm





Fridays are turtle-making days at Kaiela

Come along and purchase a turtle-making kit and create your turtles with local artists. Make sure that your turtle is part of the great Turtle Muster exhibition on Saturday 30 June.  More information





Reconciliation Banyule Film Nights

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

July 2: NAIDOC Week Screening

Twelve Canoes

A series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Directors: Rolf de HeerMolly Reynolds





We have a
new Website!!!

We are very excited to announce that we have just recently launched our new-look website. Please check it out here

The new website has been 12 months in the making (much longer on our wish list) and was very much the result of a team effort of past and present staff, Rona Glynn-McDonald – the website developer who created this site for us, and volunteers who gave us important feedback along the way. The website is an important tool we will utilise to inspire meaningful action and ensure our work has maximum impact.

Please share the new website with your networks!



Erin McKinnon on “Reconciliation”

In this episode of Bank Australia’s podcast “On Purpose” Olga Klepova sits down with Reconciliation Victoria’s Statewide Coordinator Erin McKinnon, to unpack the term ‘reconciliation’ and discuss the need to acknowledge the past in order to move forward.

Listen 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



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



A new educational resource

Common Ground is an online space that shares Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, history and lived experiences. Through access to authentic and engaging, content both original and curated, Common Ground ensures we can create a future where Australia feels a part of and celebrates the incredible diverse and rich cultures of our First Peoples.  Check out the website

Common Ground is an Aboriginal-led initiative. 



“The first step towards true reconciliation is the easiest”.

“True reconciliation requires a long-term commitment from non-Indigenous Australians to look past their western lens and take the time to reflect on unconscious bias. It’s not enough to place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in the entry of your organisation.”

Read the full article by Rebecca Hunt in The Guardian, 27 May, 2018



10 things you should know about “white privilege”

How much do we actually know about the concept and history of this sociological term, which is rapidly gaining popularity?

Read the full article by Luke Pearson and Sophie Verass from the NITV website, 17 April 2018.



Welcome to Country, by Marcia Langton, is a new and inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.

A detailed introduction covers such topics as Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors, followed by a directory of Indigenous tourism experiences, organised into state and territory sections, covering galleries and festivals, communities that are open to visitors, tours and performances.



“This Reconciliation Week, take some time to learn about Whiteness.”

“It isn’t enough to learn about Aboriginal history to create true understanding. We also need to examine the lens through which history is viewed… White supremacy (and Social Darwinism) still shapes much of the way White Australia sees Aboriginal peoples, cultures and history.”

Read Luke Pearson’s view on NRW in @INDIGENOUSX, 29 May 2018.



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.



ANU Reconciliation Lecture

‘Without a deep and meaningful understanding of our nation’s history, I don’t believe we can achieve reconciliation’ says Peter Yu at this year’s ANU Reconciliation Lecture, Reconciliation, Treaty Making and Nation Building on 23 February 2018. View the lecture





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.



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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