Reconciliation Victoria Newsletter September 2018

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Whilst at the national level the same-old paternalistic approaches seem to be prevailing, we are fortunate in Victoria to have a different narrative of self-determination gaining traction and informing the relationship between Government and Aboriginal communities.

Sadly missing from last week’s appalling political upheaval in Canberra was any acknowledgement by any of the leadership contenders that addressing the injustices and continuing marginalisation of First Nations peoples is a national priority.  In a week that included the anniversaries of the Gurindji walk-off and the Coniston massacre, the silence from our political leaders on the pressing need to address the demands of the ‘Statement from the Heart’ was damning, and the proposal to appoint Tony Abbott a ‘special envoy for Indigenous Affairs’, insulting and loudly rejected by Aboriginal leaders.

While we welcome the previous week’s multi-party condemnation of the racist views expressed by Senator Fraser Anning, who amongst other things harked back to the days of the unacceptable White Australia Policy, one cannot be anything but concerned about the increasing level of acceptance of racist commentary in sections of our media.

We live in dangerous times and must speak out against both blatant and ‘casual’ racism, and tackle the structural and institutional racism that enables it. And of course we must listen to and hear the voices of Aboriginal people, support self-determination and demand Aboriginal control of Aboriginal affairs. We encourage everyone to read and share Ngaga-dji [Hear Me], an invaluable new Report from the Koori Youth Council sharing the experiences of Aboriginal children and young people with the youth justice system in Victoria, providing solutions and calling for action.

~ The RecVic team


Are you our new CEO?

Reconciliation Victoria has an exciting opportunity to appoint a CEO to lead our organisation, joining our small team of passionate and skilled staff. This new full-time role was created following an organisational review, to manage our workload and achieve our strategic plan.

We are seeking an experienced collaborator who shares our values and vision.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more info visit our website


Exciting times ahead for RecVic

RecVic is excited to share with you our proposal for some significant changes to the way we work, creating a structure for Aboriginal people to guide our work that better reflects our commitment to self-determination and our guiding principles.

The proposed changes include the establishment of a Knowledge Council of Aboriginal people and transition from the existing Rec Vic Council to a skills-based Board.

We will be calling a Special General Meeting (SGM) of our members to seek adoption of the new rules immediately preceding the AGM on October 27thFind out more on our website.






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

For more information about future community gatherings, including times and venues, visit the Treaty Commission website. You can also register for email updates.

Check out VTAC’s latest video explaining their role and the Treaty process.

Expressions of Interest are sought from Victorian Aboriginal Traditional Owners to fill 3 vacancies on the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group. 

The Working Group was established in July 2016 to consult with Aboriginal communities and advise the Victorian Government on the treaty-making process in Victoria.

The Working Group was instrumental in the development of the landmark legislation that provides a road map to treaty or treaties in Victoria, and is now advising the Commissioner as she leads the establishment of the Aboriginal Representative Body.

Applications close 7 September 2018Find out more

For further information including Aboriginal perspectives on Treaty in Victoria visit our website




Victorian Reconciliation
Network Forum

Reconciliation Victoria held our annual Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum on August 18 at MAYSAR in Fitzroy. The focus of the well-attended forum was “Advocating with Local and State Government”, and the 60 participants included representatives from 15 Local Reconciliation Groups and a number of local councils, as well as many new faces from across the state.

After a warm and engaging Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Colin Hunter (pictured) followed a moving presentation of the MAYSAR story and an update about the Treaty Process from Diana David of the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission.

ANTaR Victoria presented their newest campaign – a State Government Election Scorecard (available on their website) and then followed the ‘Working with Local Government‘ session, which included practical advice on effectively engaging with councils. Several speakers highlighted the importance of supporting treaty with local candidates in the lead up to the Victorian State Election.

After lunch, Reconciliation Victoria, the LRGs and other members of the network had an opportunity to share an update on our work and progress since the last forum (including upcoming changes to RecVic’s organisational structure).  See full report here

The next combined forum/AGM will be held on October 27, 2018.



Cultural Safety in Local Government – Learning Circle

In July Reconciliation Victoria invited local government representatives from across Victoria to come together for a Learning Circle on Cultural Safety in Local Government.

Held at the Aborigines Advancement League in Thornbury, the event produced some remarkable insights into cultural safety and highlighted the challenges Aboriginal council workers can face in regards to ‘cultural loading’ issues in the workplace.

Read about what transpired in the Learning Circle – Brief report



Ngaga-dji (hear me)
– young voices creating change for justice

The Ngaga-dji project (launched on 29 August) voices the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Victoria’s youth justice system, telling the stories of children that society silences with incarceration and stigma.

Over six months, the Koorie Youth Council engaged with four community sites (including rural, regional and metro) and two youth justice custodial centres to meet 42 children and young people who were currently or previously under youth justice supervision. Participants represented a range of ages, from among the youngest to the oldest children in the system.

The stories in Ngaga-dji are from the heart, they are about love, trauma, strength, discrimination and healing. Read the report and find out more here



Victorian 2018 Election – ANTaR’s Scorecard

ANTaR Victoria recently launched its election scorecard, which areas of concern for Aboriginal Victorians and how the State Government can support Traditional Owners.

The Scorecard provides a guide to the major Victorian political parties on:

  • Treaty
  • Out-of-home care
  • Land and water
  • Justice
  • Health
  • Education

Check out the Scorecard here



Supporting Stolen Generation Survivors To Heal

The Andrews Government recently announced funding of $975,000 to Connecting Home to deliver a range of services for Stolen Generation survivors.

The funding will help survivors of the Stolen Generation and their families reconnect and heal from the trauma of the past.

This program is part of the Government’s ongoing implementation of the recommendations of the Bringing Them Home Report.  Find out more



Indigenous Literacy Day, on 5 September, is a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. Through activities on the day, we focus our attention on the disadvantages experienced in remote communities and encourage the rest of Australia to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities.  Find out how you can get involved



Woor-Dungin wins
Philanthropy Award

Woor-Dungin’s Criminal Record Discrimination Project (CRDP) received the Indigenous Philanthropy award at the Australian Philanthropy Awards in a recent ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House. This national award recognised the CRDP, an Aboriginal-led collaboration between community and legal organisations that seeks to reduce the negative impacts Aboriginal Victorians face as a result of the unregulated disclosure of, and inappropriate reliance on, old and irrelevant criminal history.

Read more



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.

At the awards ceremony in November, the winners will each receive a plaque and $3,000 for showing leadership and inspiring positive change.

Nominate by 5pm on September 14.

Read more about Aunty Mollie Dyer, and nominate here



Wurundjeri Bush Food Project needs your help

Wurundjeri Council is developing a project to grow native bush food products to be sold directly to a variety of restaurants and product manufacturers, including Charcoal Lane.

The project will benefit the local Wurundjeri and broader Indigenous community, providing culturally relevant employment and training opportunities, and creating a profit-generating arm for the business.

The project has been shortlisted for the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project scheme, and you can vote to help see it gain the funding it needs to become a reality.

Find out more and register to vote here



The Torch 2019 Calendar

Now available: 2019 calendars featuring artworks from 12 men and women participating in the Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community Program. All artists receive a licensing fee and proceeds go towards running the program.

The large horizontal calendar featured above is $20 (including postage within Australia). Order your calendar now through The Torch online shop




The Boroondara Reconciliation Group invites you to this protest about the continued refusal of the City of Boroondara to acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurundjeri Traditional Owners of Boroondara.






THIS Saturday 1 September, 10 am – assemble at 9:45 

2 Centre Way, Balwyn North, behind the Greythorn shops.

Find out more




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



Rally for Redress – Stand with Stolen Generations

Parliament of Victoria, Spring St.
4 September, 9.20am

21 years have now passed since the Bringing Them Home report and still survivors of the Stolen Generations have received no financial compensation from Federal or State Governments. Victoria is the only state without a redress scheme.

Join survivors and supporters to challenge this injustice and call on the Victorian Government to honour the recommendations of the report.  Find out more




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



Meet Me At The Intersection: Ellen Van Neerven
& Jeanine Leane

Join writers Ellen Van Neerven (Heat and Light, Comfort Food) and Jeanine Leane (Walk Back Over, Purple Threads) in conversation for Indigenous Literacy Week. Discussing Ellen’s recent contribution to anthology Meet Me At The Intersection, Jeanine’s to Women of a Certain Age and Aboriginal representation in literature, both writers will share excerpts from their work.

Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library, 182 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy
Saturday 8 September, 2pm

Info and Tickets



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!

Info and bookings



Indigenous Literacy Day
Book Sale

Pick up a bargain at the Yarra Libraries’ second-hand book sale and support Indigenous Literacy Day (Wednesday 5 September 2018). All books $2.60 or less.

Wednesday 5 SeptemberFind out more



Beasts of No Nation

A special event paying tribute to Fela Kuti featuring The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra plus an amazing line up of Australian Indigenous guest vocalists including Lois Olney, Bunna Lawrie, Philly, Racerage, Robbie Thorpe and Bart Willoughby, as well as Olugbade Okunade, ex-member of Fela’s band.

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra come together with Australian Indigenous voices to explore Fela’s message of freedom, and how it intersects with the continuing struggle for indigenous rights here in Australia.

Corner Hotel, Richmond. Saturday September 8.
Tickets and info
Free entry to people with indigenous heritage (subject to capacity). Please email to be added to the guest list.



Love, Trauma and Aboriginal Women’s Stories

Palyku writer, illustrator and law researcher Ambelin Kwaymullina believes Aboriginal women are the inheritors of two sets of stories. The first set are stories of Country and family; of warmth and love and belonging, and of an enduring connection to living homelands. The second set of stories are the toxic tales of colonialism and the multi-generational trauma left in its wake.

In this presentation and discussion at the Wheeler Centre, she’ll reflect on the complexities of being an Aboriginal woman storyteller today – and of navigating both sets of stories in her life and work.

Wednesday 12 September, 6.15pm-7.15pm
Info and bookings




MC Shiralee Hood
Deadly Funny 2018 Finalists:
Dion Williams, Darren Clinch, Michael Naawi, Elaine Crombie, Kimberly Lovegrove
+ OPEN MIC! (must register via

13 September, 8pm. Northcote Social Club.  More info

This event will be supporting Aboriginal Children and Youth Service – Balit Ngulu 



Bookings and info



The History Salon –
Dr Gary Foley


The fifth History Salon features Gary Foley, in conversation with Kirstyn Lindsay, talking about pivotal moments in his activist, academic and creative career.

Gary Foley was involved in the establishment of the first Aboriginal self-help and survival organisations including Redfern’s Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Health Service in Melbourne, and National Black Theatre. Between 2005 and 2008 he was a lecturer/tutor in the Education Faculty of University of Melbourne. In 2012, he completed at PhD in History at the University of Melbourne for which he won the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. He has worked at Victoria University since 2008, where he was appointed Professor of History in 2015.

Bombini Buzz Mezzanine, Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank Promenade, Southbank, Victoria

Wednesday 19 September, 6:00pm – 7:00pm.  Registration and info





Each year the first words of Melbourne International Arts Festival come from those who have carried this land’s stories the longest—the First Peoples of Melbourne.

Tanderrum is a ceremony bringing together the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation—a ceremony of celebration that reaches across Aboriginal time.

Wednesday 3 October.  Federation Square.

Find out more  Photo: James Henry


My Name is Jimi

It’s a long way to distant Mabuiag Island in the shimmering Torres Strait. But with Jimi Bani as your guide, it will soon feel like home.

Best known as one of the shining lights of Australian stage and screen, Jimi Bani is about to take on the most challenging role yet: the next chief of the Wagadagam people. Step inside this rich living culture with the aid of Bani’s grandmother, mother, son and brothers to help light the way.

An evening of music, standup, dance and storytelling.

Arts Centre, 4 – 7 October. Info and Tickets



The Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place invites you to attend their Gala Dinner event on Saturday, 6 October 2018

Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (MMIGP) is a not for profit organisation committed to retaining, promoting and strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity.

Includes three course dinner and beverages
MC Sean Choolburra
Entertainment provided by Dave Arden Gunditjmara/Kokatha Songman
Performance by Yeng Gali Mullum and
MMIGP Youth Culture Group

MMIGP is currently seeking items for the loud and silent auction. If you are able to donate any items for the auction contact Mr Les Chessells, General Manager, or Ms Carolyn Dawe on: (03) 9725 2166.  Download flyer

Tickets: $160.00 per person ($1,400 per table of 10)
Green Acres Golf Club, 51 Elm Grove, Kew East.



Blakwiz quiz night – Reconciliation Stonnington 20th anniversary celebration

Form a team and answer questions on Aboriginal culture and history. There will be fun, and winners! And prizes! Learn about local Aboriginal stuff.

11 October, 6.30-9.30pm.
Grattan Gardens Community Centre, 40 Grattan St, Prahran.
Find out more



Indigenous History Tour

To celebrate History Week 2018, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre will present a program of events which explore and pay tribute to the complex and significant history of the Homestead, and the land on which it was built.

Join a Wurundjeri Elder to hear the important history of Indigenous life in the area, dating back over 60,000 years. Located on Mount Cooper, the land surrounding the Homestead remains an important site, with significant evidence of the local Indigenous culture including middens, tools and scar trees. A demonstration of Wurundjeri crafts will follow the tour.

SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER | 2-3.30 PM | $15
More info and tickets



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

2 September 1992: Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR) was established

5 September:
Indigenous Literacy Day



Saturday 27 October (combined with AGM)

More details to follow closer to the time – keep an eye out on Facebook and our website.




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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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




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.



First Reborn

First Reborn is a celebration of the rebirth of our First Nations culture in a contemporary fashion runway show. ‘First’ representing Australia’s original custodians enriched culture, and ‘Reborn’ the signifier of our ancient culture merging with our present and future world.

The event will showcase fashion from remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities utilising old traditional methods like bush dyeing. In the modern world we live in today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists continue to tell their traditional stories of culture through art, to now including the new age of fabric printing and designs.

Designers: Design Within Country, Kirrikin Australia, Ngali, Ooroo Australia.
Music Producer: Kyah
Models: Jira Models
Friday 7 September 2018
3.45pm – 5.00pm



Level 3, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne.



Koorie Art Show 2018

Victoria’s largest Koorie Art Show is currently calling for entries!

The Koorie Art Show is our annual event showcasing the diverse talent of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in one inclusive space. The show is an open-entry, non-acquisitive award exhibition, presenting the works of emerging to senior, Koorie and Victorian based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.  Find out more

Download the entry form HERE and submit by 5:00pm Monday 8 October.

Exhibition dates:
8 December 2018
– 24 February 2019



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






Fabric Printing with Bábbarra Design

Join the women of the Bábbarra Womens Group from Arnhem Land in hand printing designs on fabric using the linocut pressing technique. You can choose to print onto a tote bag, tea towel, cushion cover or a length of fabric.

Bábbarra Design are women from more than 12 language groups in the Maningrida region in Arnhem Land who come together at Bábbarra to share their knowledge and ideas. They design and hand-print textiles that are sold around Australia and the world. Each length of fabric is unique and tells the ancestral stories of their Arnhem Land country and cultures.

All materials supplied.
Tea, coffee and snacks provided.
Wear old clothes or an art smock.

Saturday 8 September
11:00am – 4:00pm

Yarra Building, Federation Square/
Information and Bookings





Reconciliation Banyule Film Nights

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


September 3:

“Romgu Duhkarr Dhiyal Australia

(the Australian Legal System)
A meeting of Two Laws: A cross cultural video in Yolgnu Matha

In 2006, legal services from the Top End of the NT travelled to communities in North Eastern Arnhem Land to provide information about key legal issues in the area and evaluate the unmet legal need in the region.

It was identified that community members in the region did not have access to legal education about their rights and responsibilities under the Australian legal system in a language and context they understand.

October 1
First Citizen: Albert Namitjira

Find out more



Black Screen – Goldstone

Curated by filmmaker John Harvey of Brown Cabs, join us for a screening of Goldstone (2016), written and directed by Ivan Sen. The film is a sequel to Mystery Road (2013), also directed by Sen. A mini-series Mystery Road (a spin-off from the 2013 film), directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Aaron Pedersen, aired on ABC TV in 2018.

Indigenous detective Jay Swan arrives in the town of Goldstone to search for a missing person, where he uncovers a web of crime and corruption.

WHEN: Tuesday 18 September, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
VENUE: FCAC Performance Space
COST: Free



The Warrigal Creek Massacre

When Angus McMillian and the Highland Brigade rode through Gippsland in 1843, they aimed to murder as many Gunai Kurnai children, women and men as they could.

At a quiet bend on a beautiful creek they committed one of the worst acts of indiscriminate killing in the Australian colonies.

Drawing on official archives and oral histories that have never died, this is the story of The Warrigal Creek Massacre.

25 September, 7.30pm.  Swinburne University of Technology.
More info





2018 National Reconciliation Action Plan Conference

Wednesday 5 – Thursday 6 December 2018
Over 1.5 million people in Australia study or work in an organisation with a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

As the first national conference of its kind, this event provides a forum to explore the RAP program and share examples of best-practice.

Conference themes

  • RAPs in the reconciliation journey
  • sharing stories
  • best practices
  • self-determination.

Keynote presentations will be made by:

Info and Registration



Decolonizing Solidarity

Decolonizing solidarity is a website full of resources and ideas. It aims to inspire, support, trouble and give direction to the work of people who support Aboriginal struggles.

If you are relatively experienced, or have a specific skill to offer, then you can sign up to the database and it may be possible to direct you to an Aboriginal-led project you can support. You can also sign up to find out about new resources, ideas and actions.

Check out the website here



A real history of Aboriginal Australians, the first agriculturalists

Indigenous writer and anthologist Bruce Pascoe draws on first-hand accounts from colonial journals to dispel the myth that Aboriginal people were hunters and gatherers and “did nothing with the land that resembled agriculture”.

In this powerful TEDx talk, Pascoe demonstrates a radically different view of Australian history that we all need to know – one that has the potential to change the course of Australians’ relationship with the land.

View the talk here



Message to PM: “We have cried enough over you”


The Co-Chairs of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Dr Jackie Huggins and Mr Rod Little, are sending a clear message to newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“We, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples, have cried enough over you and other politicians responsible for devastating policies and minimising our representation,” Dr Huggins said.

“We are demanding that you abandon the cynical thought of appointing Tony Abbott as a Special Envoy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs for the sole purpose of attempting to quell the factional divides in your party.

Read the full message here



Wayapa Wuurrk at Abbotsford Convent

Wayapa® is an Earth Connection & Wellness Practice based on knowledge and wisdom from Aboriginal Australia, developed by Aboriginal man, Jamie Thomas.

It focuses on taking care of the Earth as the starting point for looking after ourselves and thriving!

Bundjalung woman, Alana Marsh, an accredited Wayapa Facilitator is offering an 8 week immersion into Wayapa Wuurrk on Monday nights starting 3 September from 6:15pm to 7:45pm, at Abbotsford Convent.

Download Flyer for more info



with Jessie Lloyd and Nova Peris OAM

In July 2018, musician Jessie Lloyd and Australian sporting hero and politician Nova Peris OAM came together to discus the meaning of this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her, we can!

As the first Indigenous Australian to win Olympic gold and the first Indigenous woman to be elected into federal parliament, Nova Peris has represented in more way than one. Hear her personal stories and experiences behind these inspiring achievements.

View the video




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



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.




We Do Not Need A Special Envoy, We Need Our Leaders To Listen

by Luke Pearson

At a time when Indigenous voices have been stifled and ignored more than any time in recent history; a time when many Indigenous people are calling for a Treaty, or at the very least for A Voice To Parliament in an effort to have a greater say over issues that affect us, our new PM makes his first gesture in Indigenous Affairs based on party politics and not on what is in the best interest of Indigenous peoples.

Read the full article





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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