Reconciliation Victoria Newsletter June 2019

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this eNews may include images of persons who are deceased.
June 2019



National Reconciliation Week 2019 ‘Grounded in Truth’ Walk together with Courage.  What an exciting week it has been with an overwhelming response of support and over 200 events this year across the state. Again, we have been inspired and heartened by the overwhelming generosity and support from the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community to come together and explore how all of us can contribute to progressing Reconciliation.

It is a very important time for all Australians to come together and share our stories, to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, from local grassroots communities, sporting events to education, government and corporates. Each year it gets bigger and better as community support builds to progress reconciliation.

Our star event for NRW was the HART Awards Presentation Ceremony (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together). The HART Awards recognise initiatives by local government and community organisations that are advancing reconciliation in our communities. Read below for the announcement of this year’s winners.

Another significant event that kicks off in less than a month’s time is NAIDOC Week a celebration held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. This year’s theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future’. Read more below.

As momentum continues to build on the pathway to Treaty with Aboriginal Victorians, we are heartened by the Victorian Government’s use of the language of self-determination and its ongoing commitment to Treaty with The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Act 2018.

We are only months away from the realisation of these approaches with the establishment of the first ever First Peoples Assembly of Victoria. Elections begin in July for Aboriginal people in Victoria to vote for the Assembly, the elected body that will be the voice for Aboriginal people in the treaty process. Treaty could be the first steps forward, the start to a process that will allow healing and for relationships to start anew. Read below for more information.

Once again, from the Reconciliation Victoria team, thank you for attending or organising a National Reconciliation Week event in your community. Please stay in touch – visit our website, sign up to receive our eNews and follow us on Facebook.

~ The Reconciliation Victoria Team






2019 HART Award Winners

We, along with our partners VLGA, are excited to announce this year’s winners of the 2019 HART Awards.

Local Government Winner:
Glenelg Shire Council 
Demystifying History Documentary & Combined Citizenship Ceremony‍

Local Government – Schools and Early Years Winner: 
Darebin City Council
NAIDOC Schools Yarning Conference

Community Organisation Winner:
Whittlesea Reconciliation Group 
Kulin Village @ Whittlesea Community Festival

More than 100 guests – including the Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek, local government representatives,Traditional Owners and Elders – attended the ceremony, held at Richmond’s Korin Gamadji Institute and live streamed on 3 Kool ‘N’ Deadly (3KND).

We thank all this year’s nominations and congratulate the seventeen finalists, who showcased the diversity and strength of reconciliation activities across the state – including education initiatives, cultural markers, forums, cultural events and resource development.

Visit our webpage to read more about the HART Awards, about the winners, the highly commended and all the finalists.



An inspiring
National Reconciliation Week!

Thank you to the tens of thousands of you who again participated in the 200 plus events and activities around Victoria during NRW2019.  There is no doubt that the number of people participating grows every year, as does the event quality and level of meaningful engagement with the theme. At the many events we attended we were inspired by the willingness to undertake courageous conversations and the commitment to take action to improve relationships and support self-determination.

It was particularly heartening to see such a geographical spread of activities, with events taking place from Warrnambool to Robinvale, and from Drouin to Wodonga.  Read more about NRW2019 on our website.



Momentum building for Treaty

Enrolment to vote and Candidate nominations have opened for the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, the body which will decide – along with the Victorian Government – the ‘ground rules’ for Treaty negotiations, including what is on the negotiating table. Key dates are:

  • June (date TBA): Candidate nominations close
  • July 8: Voting opens
  • July 21: Voting closes
  • August: Results released

The Assembly will be made up of Victorian Traditional Owners, elected by Aboriginal people in Victoria. Find out more

Enrol and nominate now via the Assembly website

To learn more about the Treaty process from Aboriginal people involved in recent Treaty events, listen to the recent radio broadcasts:

See also this recent opinion piece in The Age by Treaty Commissioner Jill Gallagher: Treaties in Victoria pave the way for national Voice

We welcome the Victorian Government’s continued support for the Treaty process with the recent budget announcement that includes:

  • $11 million over 2 years for the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, and
  • $13.5 million over 2 years to support Victorian Traditional Owners to build capacity in the lead up to Treaty negotiations in the years to come.

Reconciliation Victoria supporting
Local Treaty Conversations

Reconciliation Victoria’s Treaty Engagement Project has had a strong response, with the first of our Local Treaty Conversations run by Banyule Council and broadcast live by 3KND during National Reconciliation Week having attracted well over 100 people.  The next forum on June 13, organised by Darebin Council has been booked out. Watch this space for announcements of future local events.

Our project involves developing resources to encourage and support deeper local conversations with the non-Aboriginal community about Treaty/ies in Victoria. Visit our website to find out more about how you can support Treaty, and to learn about different Aboriginal perspectives on the Treaty process.



Budj Bim on verge
of World Heritage listing

A 6,600-year-old, highly sophisticated aquaculture system developed by the Gunditjmara people of south-west Victoria next month will be formally considered for a place on the Unesco World Heritage list and, if successful, would become the first Australian site listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural value.

The Gunditjmara used the volcanic rock to manage water flows from nearby Lake Condah to exploit eels as a food source, constructing an advanced system of channels and weirs as well as permanent houses.

The Gunditjmara Traditional Owners have led the process to have Budj Bim added to the world heritage list, and spokesperson Denis Rose (pictured) said the recognition would lead to the site being better protected and managed.  Read more



New Award to honour
Aunty Dot Peters

Aboriginal Victoria recently announced a new Award to honour the work of Aunty Dorothy (Dot) Peters, much-loved community member, educator and Chairperson of the Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Committee.

The Award supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to complete Years 9 and 10 at a Victorian school. Each year, four students, targeting two girls and two boys, will receive bursaries of $5,000 each.

Find out more, including nomination process



Host a Morning Tea for Culture to support Aboriginal children in care heal and connect to culture. VACCA invites all groups, workplaces, churches, schools to host a morning tea and help Aboriginal children in care. Find out how you can help raise funds to support VACCA’s important work.

The funds you raise will make a difference to Aboriginal children in care and in our programs – every dollar counts.

We encourage you to learn more about VACCA by visiting their website



Strengthening Victoria’s
Aboriginal Heritage Council

The Victorian Government is inviting Victorian Traditional Land Owners to apply for positions on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.

It is the first Victorian statutory body for Traditional Owners, with all members being Traditional Owners. The work of the 11-person council is to ensure Victoria moves towards a place of understanding and respect for Aboriginal cultural heritage and ensures this heritage responsibility sits with Traditional Owners. Read more



Reconciliation Australia’s NEWS is out now

It’s full of important stories on the Uluru Statement, the latest Reconciliation Barometer, National Reconciliation Week and a feature on Young Australian of the Year Baker Boy.

Read here.



Anangu artists (from left) Christine Brumby, Charmaine Kulitja, Rene Kulitja and Happy Reid with the Uluru statement canvas. Photograph by Clive Scollay.

Treaty, a Voice to Parliament, Constitutional Reform –
where to from here?

With the return of the Coalition Government at the national level, the high hopes held by many for a Referendum on a Voice to Parliament have been dashed. However, the appointment of Noongar man Ken Wyatt as Minister for Indigenous Australians, and Wiradjuri woman Linda Burney as Shadow Minister, is indeed a historic breakthrough that has been welcomed by many Aboriginal leaders and commentators.

There have, however, been concerns in some quarters about what form his proposed “national Indigenous Australians agency” might take. Concerns have also been raised about his lack of a timetable for constitutional reform. The election campaign at least saw a spike in debate around national reform, including the need for Treaty. Read a selection of the commentary and response to the election below:



Adam Goodes was a champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader. In the final three years of his playing career he became a lightning rod for a heated public debate and widespread media commentary that divided the nation.He publicly called out racism, was named Australian of the Year, was accused of staging for free kicks, and performed an on-field war dance celebration. The cheers became boos as football crowds turned on him.

Using only archival footage aired at the time, THE FINAL QUARTER documentary holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.

To register your interest in using THE FINAL QUARTER in your school, workplace or organisation click on this link

Read Luke Buckmaster’s film review in The Guardian (30/5/2019)



Make it personal and meaningful: educators and reconciliation in 2019


How can early childhood settings incorporate reconciliation through everyday learning?

Adam Duncan, Biripi man, preschool teacher and educational leader, shares his views on reconciliation and on how educators can achieve change towards reconciliation. Adam presented at the recent Early Childhood Australia National Symposium on Reconciliation held in Melbourne.

Read the interview here



Resources and Events

The official Year of Indigenous Languages page includes an events page to keep track of events taking place in your local area and a resources page with access to a range of projects taking place across the globe.

Check out this list from Melbourne University.



To celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages, AIATSIS brings you a playlist that features some of the 250+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Let them know what other language songs should be included!
Check it out here


New First Languages map

To celebrate the UN Year of Indigenous Languages, First Languages Australia has launched their new and improved Gambay – First Languages Map



“Our kids have grown up in a fog about the history of the land”

Bruce Pascoe’s 2014 book, Dark Emu, rewrote Australian history, and continues to win awards, inspire projects and change the conversation.

A new kids’ version is now available. Young Dark Emu – A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.

The Guardian review.
Buy from Magabala Books

Check out this brilliant ABC Online educational resourceBruce Pascoe: Aboriginal agriculture, technology and ingenuity



More than a romcom, Top End Wedding shows the yearning for reconciliation

In his recent film review in The Guardian, bryan Andy puts the case that Top End Wedding “serves as the perfect vehicle to represent an Australia that is rarely given media coverage. The film demonstrates a yearning for genuine reconciliation.”

Representations of Indigenous Australians are rarely – if ever – accorded such scenic flights of romantic fancy. This film promises a new dawn, an assuredly sophisticated Australia that wants to forge a heart made of black and white and rainbow-waving pride. Thank you, mob, for having the courage to go there. More please.

Read The Guardian article here.






NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that many NAIDOC Week activities in Victoria fall in the week 1 – 7 July.

Find out more.

Are you running a NAIDOC Week event in your local area?
Register your event on the NAIDOC website. You can also find a local event near you on the NAIDOC Week Events Calendar.



Monday 1 July
9am, Federation SquareThe 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 honors 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.



Friday 5 July

This year’s March will again start with a pre-March festival!
You are invited to join in at VAHS from 9am for snacks, coffee, banner making, face painting, entertainment and general frivolity! Merchandise will be available too.

The March leaves from Victorian Aboriginal Health Service on 186 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy at 11.30am. The NAIDOC Committee welcome all people, councils, organisations, and businesses to come and march.

The March will proceed down Nicholson Street onto Spring Street, turn down Bourke Street and then onto Swanston Street, finishing up at Federation Square.



NAIDOC Week Workshops for kids at the Koorie Heritage Trust

Join Arika Waulu and make badges, design an iron-on patch or t-shirt to wear in solidarity for the 2019 NAIDOC March.
Thursday 4 July
10.30am – 12.30pm
1.30 – 3.00pm

River Reed necklace and bracelet making with Rocky Tregonning
Bring the kids to create their own river reed bracelets and necklaces, with Rocky Tregonning, Gunaikurnai man and  Senior Cultural Tour Guide at the Koorie Heritage Trust.
Friday 5 July
1 – 3pm

Kids collage making with Peter Waples-Crowe
In this collage workshop participants will work images of the dingo to create stories of survival and to honour them and their relationship to Aboriginal people.
Friday 5 July
10am – 12pm

The three workshops are suitable for all ages – children must be accompanied by an adult, and make sure they are wearing paint-friendly clothes! All welcome. For more information visit the KHT website.


Richard Frankland In Conversation

for NAIDOC Week

Acclaimed filmmaker and Gunditjmara man Richard Frankland reflects on his works and the 2019 NAIDOC theme of ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’

Wednesday 26 June  7.45pm
St Kilda Town Hall, cnr Carlisle Street and Brighton Road, St Kilda

Information and tickets



Discover what Treaty between the State Government and Victorian Traditional Owners means to and for you! 

Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner
Diana David, CEO of Reconciliation Victoria
Marcus Stewart, CEO of Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
Moderator: Charles Wells, Treaty Correspondent 3KND

Thursday 13 June
6.30 – 8.30pm. Preston Library, 266 Gower Street, Preston

NOTE: This event is sold out. Join the waitlist here.



Reading The Stars: The Science Of Aboriginal Astronomy

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People developed practical ways to observe the sun, moon and stars to assist navigation, predict weather, create calendars 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 Monash University in Indigenous Studies.

Thursday 6 June, 7.30 pm,
Glenroy Library, 737 Pascoe Vale Road, Glenroy.
Free. Info and tickets



Working Together Ways: Building our Intercultural Capacity

A workshop with Carol Vale, Murawin

This is a workshop for anyone who is considering, or is currently, working or volunteering in an inter-cultural context. Working Together Way uses story-telling, play and creative processes to explore the barriers and bridges for working together across cultures, histories and generations. It privileges and embraces cultural differences whilst recognising the significant role that our own culture and stories play in any work we do.

Thursday 6 June 10am-4pm
Womin Je Ka Room, Studio One Community Hub
15 Barnet Way, Richmond
Information and booking



As part of the series, Not Racist, But …, The Wheeler Centre presents

Racism and Health

In 2017, the Victorian Government released a report on the impact of racism on the health of people who live in the state.


In this conversation, the panel will look at how and why racism impacts minds and bodies – discussing internalised prejudice, shortcomings in the training and recruitment of medical professionals and institutionalised discrimination in the healthcare system.

Thursday 13 June  6.15 – 7.15pm
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Information    Bookings



Tony Birch
In Conversation

Tony Birch is among Australia’s finest living writers. A poet, activist and academic, as well as an acclaimed novelist and short-story writer, Birch’s writing is concerned with Australians, especially Indigenous Australians, living life on the fringes. He writes, too, about the dark shadow cast by the state in the everyday lives of marginalised people.


Tony will be at three different venues discussing his new book

The White Girl


Wednesday 12 June
Tony Birch in conversation with Laura La Rosa.
6.30 – 730pm, Richmond Theatrette, 415 Church Street, Richmond
Information and bookingThursday 13 June
Join Tony Birch and a panel of speakers from Victoria University’s Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre.
6 – 8pm, VU at Metrowest
138 Nicholson Street, Footscray
Information and booking

Friday 26 July
The Wheeler Centre invites you to Books and Ideas at Montalto with Tony Birch.
7 – 9pm, Montalto, 33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South
Information and booking



A War Requiem for Peace

Named in honour of one of the most brutal resistance wars fought on this continent, Eumeralla brings into focus a period of Australia’s history that is yet to be fully understood.

Sunday 15 June
7pm, Hamer Hall
Tickets and information


Written and composed by acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera, Deborah Cheetham AO, this requiem for peace, will be sung entirely in the ancient dialects of the Gunditjmara people.



Mission Songs Project

Presented by Jessie Lloyd, Mission Songs Project is performed as a quartet with a range of Indigenous performers from around Australia.


Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated.

Tuesday 9 July
7.30 – 8.30pm, The Memo, 235 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

Information and tickets.



William Barton & Friends –
Contours of Songlines


Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2019 Artist-in-Residence William Barton, Kalkadunga man and one of Australia’s great living artists, performs music and songs with three artists who are dear to him: pianist Paul Grabowsky, violinist Veronique Serret and his mother, the beloved singer Aunty Delmae Barton.

Exploring songs of country, improvisations and artistic fusion, William and his friends showcase music that is lyrical, earthy, soulful and contemporary, elevated by William’s unique gallery of artistry.

Melbourne Recital Centre
Thursday 18 July 2019 7.30pm
Tickets and info



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Key Dates

1 – 7 July: NAIDOC Week (Victoria) 2019

7 – 14 July: National NAIDOC Week 2019

Save the Date
17-18 August: Regional Reconciliation Forum & Tour on Wadawurrung Country.






All The Fish

Animated Adaptation

“Danda ngijinda dulk, danda ngijinda malaa, danda ngad.”
(This is my Land, this is my Sea, this is who I am).
– Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori

In consultation with the family and estate of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Federation Square has commissioned an interpretive digital artwork evoking the artistic practice and visual storytelling techniques displayed in leading Australian Indigenous artist Sally Gabori’s painting ‘All The Fish’.
Open daily. Until 9 June 



From Bark to Neon

Indigenous Art from the National Gallery of Victoria Collection

The exhibition explores major artists who have been at the forefront in creating new forms of expression and in maintaining and regenerating customary cultural practices and iconography.
Exhibition continues until Sunday 14 July
Daily from 10am – 5pm



Stolen / Wealth

A dual exhibition that opens a dialogue about the impact of government policies and colonisation on the lives on real people, how these policies have had a mass effect on family cohesion and access to resources.

Stolen / Wealth, a play on commonwealth, explores colonial history through the displacement of people and resources. Looking at the repercussions both domestic and abroad, Stolen investigates the impact of being taken from your family at a young age while Wealth examines the accumulation of capital by colonial powers and the aftermath on those that have had their resources, including land, stolen from them.

Featuring artists Millie Bruce née Yarran, Judy Watson, Abdul Abdullah, wãni, Pierre Mukeba, Frances Tapueluela, Lisa Waup, Peter Waples-Crowe, and Sha Gaze + Ayuen K Bol this exhibition will encourage you to consider your own definition of wealth, that the finer things in life could be the things you can’t put a price on.

Thursday 20 June – Sunday 4 August
Opening: Thursday 20 June, 6.30 to 8.30pm
Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton Street, Werribee
More information.



Of Earth and Fire

Works from the Maroondah City Council Art Collection

Of Earth and Fire celebrates some of the significant works that form part of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection presenting a diverse range of artists who reflect upon our deep symbiotic connection to nature.

Featured artists include Wawiriya Burton, Vicki Couzens, Clara Ngala Inkamala, Martin King, Aunty Irene Norman, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Jill Orr, and Iyawi Wikilyiri.

All are invited to the opening on Thursday 13 June from 6 to 8pm. RSVP essential: Email  Phone 9298 4553

Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood.
7 June to 19 July
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Above image: Iyawi Wikilyiri, Pukara, 2011, acrylic on linen, Maroondah City Council Art Collection.

More information.



Koorie Heritage Trust presents two new exciting exhibitions



– a binary-blurring experience constructed by Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe.

This solo exhibition demolishes barriers by constructing new spaces to interrogate the meeting points of where Aboriginal and queer cultures intersect.

A visual showcase of Waples-Crowes’ distinctive collage works, as well as new experimentations with animation, fashion and live-art activation, insideOUT builds space for queer and blak people, stories and experiences to be held and encountered. Waples-Crowe engages collaboration as a strategy to explore themes of being simultaneously on both the inside, and the outside.



Works by Gunditjmara Keerray Woorroong artists and sisters, Kelsey and Tarryn Love.

incorporating possum skin, weaving, sculpture, wood, and canvas. Koorroyarr translates to ‘granddaughter’ in the Keerray Wooroong dialect.
The sisters explore symbolism and use a consortium of mediums to reflect their contemporary perspective. As they constantly learn, they revive and reinvigorate tradition in exploring their own identities and individuality in a modern landscape.

InsideOUT and Koorroyarr exhibitions continue until Sunday 28 July

Level 1 Gallery, Yarra Building
Federation Square.



presents three exciting exhibitions at Linden New Art Gallery
26 Acland Street, St KildaExhibitions continues until Sunday 23 June


Elements –
An exhibition by six Baluk Arts artists
The exhibition details the importance of the fundamental elements of existence: Earth, Metal, Wood, Fire, Water.
Without these elements of nature one would not exist without the other – we would not exist.


A solo exhibition by Dominic White –
Above Below Skin Water
is the poetry composed between twin elements of print and three dimensional form, which describes the tension between the skin of the sea and the events staged above it. Dominic has adopted these stories to not only understand the history of the ‘Straits’ but to acknowledge a narrative of reclaiming his own Aboriginal connection to place.


A solo exhibition by
Lisa Waup –
Carry Me Softly
for me is a portrayal of the strengths through loss, the joy through giving and the broken lines through being taken and separated. For me it is telling my personal journey of protecting and unraveling history, finding connections and also peace in the moment.More information:
Baluk Arts   Linden New Art



Of the Land and Environment

Fiona Clarke is an Aboriginal artist of the Kirrae Whurrong of Western Victoria. Her work focuses on the land and environment from an Aboriginal perspective. She explores elements such as the rivers, waterways, traditional tucker and fishing through the wisdom and inspiration passed on by her elders, particularly her father Banjo Clarke (dec) who was fortunate to have been told by his Elders the important matters of life, land, plants and animals and the wisdom of Aboriginal culture.

Ken McKean is a non-Aboriginal artist and the husband of Fiona. Ken’s focus for this exhibition is on his and Fiona’s local adopted environment near to Kororoit Creek.

Exhibition continues until Friday 12 July
Mon – Frid, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Hunt Club Community and Arts Centre, 775 Ballarat Road, Deer Park. 9249 4800
More info



Celebrating Culture: Contemporary Indigenous art

Works by contemporary Indigenous artists are featured in this exhibition which examines themes of identity, colonisation, personal history, community and the diversity and richness of a significant cultural heritage.


Paintings, photography, drawings, mixed-media, video and installations by Brook Andrew, Tony Albert, Hannah Bronte, Michael Cook, Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi, Hayley Millar-Baker, Kent Morris, Vincent Namatjira, Wayne Quilliam, James Tylor and Vicki West are on loan from public art museum collections, private collections and private galleries.

Exhibition continues until Sunday 28 July
10am – 5pm
Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Cnr Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

(Above) Kent Morris Boonwurrung (St Kilda) Sulphur crested Cockatoo 2017 Archival print. 120 x 80 cm. Edition of eight Courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery




Footprints in the Sand

This is a collaboration exhibition compiled to show the actions of the Elders who paved the way for a positive future. Compiled by Aunties Cynthia Hardie, Amy Briggs and Laurel Robinson, and artist Tammy-Lee Atkinson, the exhibition focuses on the walk-off from Cummeragunja, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in February.

Read this article from the Shepparton News.

Exhibition continues until Wednesday 31 July
Kaiela Arts, 137-139 High Street, Shepparton



Yarra City Arts
is proud to be hosting

A Linear Narrative


by Eastern Arrernte and Gurindji artist Ros Sultan.

Exhibition continues until Wednesday 14 August.
Open during Library hours.
Bargoonga Nganjin, Yarra Libraries, 182 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
More information.



Napurrdhu Gurrupan dhuwal minytji – Sharing our designs and patterns

Presented by Schoolhouse Studios, Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts, with Plan International Australia.

In this exhibition, Yolŋu artists share some of the designs and patterns from their homelands in East Arnhem land.

Schoolhouse Studios, 81 Rupert St, Collingwood.
Opening: Thursday 13th of June 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Dates: 14th June – 26th June, 2019
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm

More info



dhumba-njan dhumba-njarr

(speak-i speak-you)

Language comes out of the land. When Bunjil created land and life he also created language. Immerse yourself in a culture defined by a living language. Hear the songs, feel the rhythms and see the shapes and colours of a timeless people.

You’re invited to become involved in an ancient and living culture in visual splendour and interactive engagement.

This exhibition has been created with guest curator, Aunty Brooke Wandin, to mark UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Exhibition continues until Sunday 1 September
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, 35 Castella Street, Lilydale   Information

Photo: The Three Wandins 
Photographer: Kate Baker




Silent Witness:
A window to the past

With a photography career spanning decades, Uncle Jim Berg, a Gunditjmara Elder, turns his focus to Scar trees. These trees are a window to the past, bearing witness to the way of life and freedom for Victoria’s First Peoples. Find out more

Until Sunday 9 June


Midawarr | Harvest

Miḏawarr means ‘harvest’ in the Yolηu matha (language); it is the season when rich plant life on Yolηu country is ready to be collected and prepared.

Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda and John Wolseley have met every miḏawarr for the past five years to research and document the useful and delicious plants that, for centuries, have sustained communities in this unique part of the continent.

This exhibition presents their complementary responses to plants and the environment, and ushers in a new phase of Australian landscape painting. Miḏawarr inspires viewers to think about the way we use, connect, value and understand our environment.

Until 14 July
Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens, 11 Nicholson Street, Melbourne.
Open daily 10am – 5pm








First Nations Bedtime Stories Challenge

This new project from Common Ground aims is to inspire classrooms and families to connect over stories and learn more about the culture of our First Peoples, through a week of storytelling in June 17th – 21st 2019.

Five jukurrpa (dreamtime) stories told by Aboriginal elders from Central Australia, will be documented and shared on film over the five days, with supplementary learning materials to help individuals, classrooms and families develop a stronger understanding of First Nations cultures and languages.

Visit the Common Ground website to find out how to join the challenge



Fire, water and astronomy

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture comes to life in the classroom.

Marcia Langton’s education project aims to ensure that school children go out into the world with a respect for the First Peoples of Australia and all they have achieved.

Read the full article from The Guardian



How to make your Kindergartens Koorie Inclusive

VAEAI are running a series of professional development sessions for Early Childhood Educators to enable them to better integrate Koorie perspectives in the classroom.

Mana Gum: Tuesday, June 25



Issue One of the quarterly Education Newsletter from the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association, full of information about VAEAI’s programs is available now.
Download hereCheck out also VAEAI’s latest Koorie Perspectives in Curriculum for May – June.


The Education Calendar is the best resource to incorporate Indigenous learning into your school and class room.
Download here


Best Practice in Koorie-Inclusive Early Childhood Education

VAEAI’s Early Years Unit has produced two videos on best practice in Koorie-inclusive early childhood education. The videos feature four of Victoria’s Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services (MACS.They are intended to be watched and used by early childhood educators and other staff members who work at early childhood education and care (ECEC) services.

The videos have been organised in three modules. Information here



The Narragunnawali professional learning resource, Reconciliation in Education: Learning Unlearning Relearning,
encourages teachers and educators to reflect on the importance of education to reconciliation in relation to your own education experiences. Genuinely engaging in reconciliation involves personal and professional learning and reflection.This may become a journey of ‘unlearning‘ and ’relearning‘ – of challenging assumptions and recognising that what has been taught about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures in schools may have been inaccurate or incomplete.

Find out more






White Australia can’t solve
black problems.
White Australia is the problem!

In an extract from her book, Sarah Maddison argues that the Australian democratic ideal does little to improve Indigenous lives.

Read the full article from The Guardian




Stan Grant on Australia Day

Broadcaster and journalist Stan Grant has been observing the controversy over the date of Australia Day with a mixture of sadness and hope. He says that we might shift Australia Day at some point in the future but for now, 26 January is all that we are and all that we are not.
His latest book Australia Day is published by Harper Collins

Listen to Stan’s conversation with Richard Fidler about his life and views. Broadcast on ABC Radio National, 23 April 2019.




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