Council and reconciliation
Our vision for reconciliation
Moreland City Council’s vision for reconciliation is where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised as the traditional custodians of the land, whose dispossession is addressed through respectful partnerships between Indigenous and non Indigenous people. Council is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous Australians, particularly the Wurundjeri people as traditional owners of the land we now call Moreland.
What Council does to recognise Indigenous Australians
- Flies the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and the Australian flag at Council buildings.
- Installed the Wurundjeri acknowledgement plaques on all council buildings
- Invites Wurundjeri Elders (traditional land owners) to do Welcome to Country to open significant civic events.
- Helps community organisations include Welcome to Country and other Indigenous activities and performers in their community events.
- Develops appreciation of Indigenous art through various exhibitions at the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick.
- Gives access to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island music, books and films through our libraries.
- Organises cultural awareness and appreciation sessions.
- Appoints and supports Indigenous trainees in the Council workforce, and helps non Indigenous groups and organisations engage with Indigenous groups and organisations.
- Consults the Wurundjeri Council on the use of traditional Aboriginal/ Koori names in renaming roads, places and significant sites.
Moreland Reconciliation Advisory Committee
The Committee is now called The Moreland Reconciliation Working Group which is a temporary arrangement until it is reviewed in August 2018. The Working Group develops and implements priorities for Council relating to Reconciliation, which is consistent with the priorities of the Human Rights Policy. The Working Group works to strengthen Reconciliation through whole-of-Council and whole-of-community involvement in the implementation of the Human Rights Policy. The Working Group objectives are:
- Provide advice to Council through the Moreland Human Rights Advisory Committee on access, equity and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Oversee and assist with the implementation of Council’s projects and strategies for Reconciliation.
- Identify advocate and promote understanding on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
- Promote understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through collaborative effort.
- Make the most of all opportunities to further Reconciliation within Council, the community, business and with other spheres of government.
2017 Wurundjeri Traditional Games Day
Moreland celebrated Reconciliation Week at ATC Cook Reserve for a day of Traditional Aboriginal Games where participants were able to experience and enjoy activities which have taken place on this land for thousands of generations.
Starting with a Wurundjeri Welcome, Smoking Ceremony and a performance by the Djirri Djirri Dancers, games leaders Uncle Bill Nicholson, Mandy Nicholson and young Wurundjeri facilitators guided participants through a range of activities such boomerang throwing, spear throwing and marngrook.
Council is planning to celebrate the 2018 Wurundjeri Traditional Games day in June 2018.
Photos by James Henry
Wurundjeri Traditional Games Day
Celebrating Reconciliation Week with a Wurundjeri Traditional Games Day at ATC Cook Reserve, adjacent to the Ballerrt Mooroop College site. Games leaders Uncle Bill Nicholson and Mandy Nicholson guided participants through traditional team challenges, such as throwing a wit wit, boomerang or (blunt) spear, playing marngrook (traditional football), tool making and campfire challenges. Cultural prizes were awarded to the standout teams.
Watch the 'Exploring reconciliation' video
For Reconciliation Week 2013, Moreland City Council and local Indigenous filmmaker Kimba Thompson worked with primary school students to make a short documentary about what reconciliation meant to them.
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