Victorian Government will begin talks on Australia's first Treaty with Indigenous People
- Created: 14 March 2016
This is a big time in our history in the State of Victoria.
The Victorian Government will begin talks to work out Australia's first treaty with Indigenous people within weeks
Please go to this link to read the details:
Reconciliation Week 2015 - It's Time to Change it Up
- Created: 29 December 2014
RECONCILIATION IN THE PARK 2015
The 6th Reconciliation in the Park event brought 500-600 people to Johnstone Park to build understanding, relationships and learning in the Geelong community. We found that for many people this was their first time at the event, alongside other people who are annual participants.
Thanks to Kiralee Hogema who Co-ordinated the event, alongside Mel King who assisted her and Norm Stanley who provided such an inclusive MC role on the day. The musicians: Deadly Duo, The Louds, Norm & Megan Stanley & Yirrmal; activity providers and BBQ cooks all made this free event rock!
Thanks also to our funders: City of Greater Geelong, Reconciliation Victoria and Geelong Connected Community plus our many sponsers and volunteers who planned the event and worked together on the day.
SEE PHOTOS BELOW!
Comments and appreciations included:
- This was the best Reconciliaiton in the Park ever - the quality of the activities and music was great.
- This year was really led by the local Aboriginal community, I liked seeing Norm as MC and the two young women who Co-ordinated the day having fun together.
- It would take ages to retell how much pleasure I got from being there. For me I have had almost no connection with the local indigenous community and the event was an introduction for my understanding in many ways.
- We had more people join One Fire Reconciliation Group, and the conversations about Constitutional Recognition indicate that many more people here know about it than a year ago.
- Thank you for putting on this event for us all to be part of in Geelong.
- I never went to anything about reconciliaiton before. I came to learn.
This annual event was held on Sunday 31st May 2015 at Johnstone Park, Geelong.
New activities included bush tucker tasting, local indigenous & native plants, plus Geelong Football Club Aboriginal players history.
Musicans included: The Louds, The Deadly Duo, Yirrmal, Norm Stanley, the Geelong Koori Kids Choir & Yirrmal
Listen to The Pulse FM 'Roads to Recovery' Reconciliation Week programs at http://947thepulse.com/programs/roads-to-recovery.html
What Does Reconciliaiton Mean to You? Barwon Health Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3l3f8S3d9Q
Let’s talk recognition—a children’s art exhibition
Geelong Gallery: 16 May to 8 June
Children's creative responses to reconciliation with sponsors: Department of Education & Training, Deakin University, Cavalier Arts Suppliers
Students and educators from a wide range of schools and year levels explored the theme of reconciliation through classroom learning, activities and workshops. The resulting artworks—displayed in Geelong Gallery—provided students with the opportunity to express their own creative responses to reconciliation and promote and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Every year National Reconciliation Week is held between two significant dates in Australia’s history, May 27—the 1967 referendum and June 3—Mabo Day.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2015 was It's Time to Change it Up.
Geelong Sustainability - Green Drinks Event: 27 May 2015
Geelong Sustainability believes that sustainability and reconciliation are intertwined. Geelong Sustainability wishes to acknowledge and gain insights into sustainability from local Aboriginal people - the Wathaurong, who have lived within our region for over 40,000 years.
This was the first event for Reconciliation Week provided through their 'Green Drinks' program.
Uncle David Tournier: Cultural Heritage Education Language Officer & Vicky Grosser: One Fire Secretary who works locally as a Carbon Manager, spoke with members at this event, and the questions from the participants were gathered to take forward links between reconciliation and sustainability activities in Geelong.
Thanks to Dan Cowdell & Vicki Perritt at Geelong Sustainability for initiating this event.
Dan with Vicky and Uncle David
Photo by Phil Hines
Reconciliation in the Park 1st June 2014
- Created: 12 February 2014
CELEBRATING Reconciliation in the Park 2014
Over 450 people attended the event this year.
Thanks to Mel King: Co-ordinator and the Working Group plus many volunteers on the day.
Local schools provided reconciliation themed art for Geelong Gallery.
Local Aboriginal musicians sang throughout the day, Trades Hall members cooked the BBQ, and everyone enjoyed the activities, learning and strengthening of friendships together.
Politicians spoke about Constitutional Recognition and the recently adopted Geelong City Council
'Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan'.
Great event, Fantastic to see the involvement of local high schools. Also great to see Mick Ryan from Barwon Medicare Local performing.
Great Djillong time line and website, learnt a lot!
Information on The Storyteller was fantastic. Thanks for a great event.
Great work Mel. Well put together. Lots of information. Great to see so many people coming together.
I felt very welcome - it's a great family day.
MANY more comments were contributed to the 2014 banner, which is featured below in the photo gallery (click on on a photo to enlarge it)
In addition, you can see photographs by local photographer: Ferne Millen at
If prompted, enter this password: RECONCILIATION2014
GEELONG SCHOOLS RECONCILIATION ART AT GEELONG GALLERY
Clonard College; Ocean Grove Primary School; Whitington Primary School; Portarlington Primary School;
North Geelong Secondary College; Newcomb Secondary College; Herne Hill Primary
Reconciliation in the Park is a FREE event in Johnstone Park on Sunday 1st June 2014, 10am - 3pm.
This event is organised each year by a partnership of Geelong One Fire with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative.
We are excited to be launching this new event logo which was designed and donated by local Aboriginal artist: Catherine Gibbs.
Activities will include: Norm Stanley on the didgeridoo, The Deadley Dancers, Basket & Jewellery Making, Face painting & Boomerang making, Yarn with the Elders, learn about local Djillong history, chat about Constitutional Recognition and play The Storyteller game. Free BBQ and damper.
Local Aboriginal musicians: Mick & Ollie from The Louds, Craig Norman, Renee van-Parren
Mel King, a young member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op, is co-ordinating the event this year .
"I think this is a fantastic and exciting event that gives the local Aboriginal community an opportunity to put ourselves out there , share our culture and show the world what we can do, stomp out some of the discrimination about us. This year's Reconciliation in the Park will demonstrate local Indigenous artists, musicians, and other exciting activities."
Reconciliation in the Park is funded through grants from: City of Greater Geelong, Reconciliation Victoria & Geelong Connected Communities.
Let's Talk Recognition - A Children's Art Exhibition
At the Geelong Gallery, showing art works from local schools
24 May to 9 June 2014
This exhibition and program is sponsored by the City of Greater Geelong, Deakin University and Cavalier Art Suppliers
Aboriginal Flag Flies Permanently on Council Hall: December 2013
- Created: 13 December 2013
On 12th December 2013 Geelong City Council held a ceremony to raise the Aboriginal Flag on the City Hall, on a permanent basis.
The community attended a "Welcome to Country' and acknowledgement from the Mayor, before the flag was raised, and local Aboriginal young people danced.
Aboriginal Flag to be placed on Geelong City Hall
- Created: 25 September 2013
History was made in Geelong on Tuesday 24th September 2013, when the Greater Geelong Council passed a motion to fly the Aboriginal flag on the City Hall alongside the Australian one. Councillor Eddy Kontelj introduced the motion by saying: "we will fly the Aboriginal flag prominently, proudly and permanently in Geelong".
Members and staff of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op alongside One Fire Reconciliation Group members were there to hear and applaud the decision. Work will be done to put up the new flag poles, and we look forward to the flag raising and celebrations.
Geelong Reconciliation Activities 2013
- Created: 07 June 2013
Reconciliation Week was strong and encouraging in Geelong this year.
Myranda Tournier: a young woman from Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, co-ordinated the event with support from other members of the Working Group.
We received some good media coverage: newspapers & radio, plus increased support from politicians. The Mayor: Keith Fagg raised the flag with Uncle David Tournier at Reconciliation in the Park, and the activities included boomerang making, music from Jayden Lillyst, information on Constitutional Recognition with Morgan Coleman (photo below), the new booklet: The Wadda Wurrung people and the launch of a new podcast: ‘Johnston Park Dreaming’ – see ‘Djillong local history page of this website.
Geelong Gallery supported local schools to receive basket making skills, and with some beautiful paintings the art work from four schools was shown at the Gallery plus 3 local libraries during the week.
Thanks to City of Greater Geelong, Reconciliation Victoria and Reconciliation Australia for grants towards the event.