NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation
Pyrenees Shire Council acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Eastern Maar and Wotjobaluk tribes, whose land forms the Pyrenees Shire. We pay our respects to the customs, traditions and stewardship of the land by the Elders and people of these tribes.
Council is participating in NAIDOC Week with the 2020 theme 'Always Was, Always Will Be.
Council is supporting the celebration of NAIDOC week by:
- The change in email signatures to the official 2020 NAIDOC week banner, including the theme ‘Always was, Always will be’ and posters in the Council Offices and Resource Centres
- Aboriginal story time at the Beaufort Resource Centre, appearing on facebook later on this week
- Donating Acknowledgement of Country plaques to Beaufort Primary and Secondary Schools, with a small (COVID safe) Welcome to Country ceremony being held outside the schools tomorrow (stay tuned for a video). Other schools in the municipality are encouraged to contact Council if they wish to receive a sign – so please pass along the message!
- Encouraging staff to consider how they can support NAIDOC week and the reconciliation process.
How can I support NAIDOC week and the reconciliation process?
- If you haven’t already, find out what Country you live and/or work/were born on, with the NAIDOC week ‘Always was, Always will be’ in mind - https://achris.vic.gov.au/weave/wca.html
- Visit the website for the Registered Aboriginal Party that corresponds to that Country to learn more about local Aboriginal culture and history, here are a few -
- Consider getting involved in an (online) event hosted by your local Council (can’t find for all)–
- Listen to Shahni and Ryan on SBS for a taste of First Nations breakfast television....Here's the link to more information
Here is a video of a song that Wadawarrung Traditional Owner, Barry Gilson, sang as part of his Welcome to Country in Beaufort last week. We like to thank Barry for sharing a lot of cultural knowledge.
NAIDOC Week Media Release
Reconciliation Australia defines Reconciliation as:
At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.
“… A reconciled Australia is one where our rights as First Australians are not just respected but championed in all the places that matter …”Kirstie Parker – Board Member, Reconciliation Australia
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australia’s colonial history is characterised by devastating land dispossession, violence, and racism. Over the last half-century, however, many significant steps towards reconciliation have been taken.
Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.
In a just, equitable and reconciled Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will have the same life chances and choices as non-Indigenous children, and the length and quality of a person’s life will not be determined by their racial background.
Our vision of reconciliation is based and measured on five dimensions: historical acceptance; race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity and unity.
These five dimensions do not exist in isolation, but are interrelated. Reconciliation cannot be seen as a single issue or agenda; the contemporary definition of reconciliation must weave all of these threads together. For example, greater historical acceptance of the wrongs done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can lead to improved race relations, which in turn leads to greater equality and equity. Read more on their website: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/what-is-reconciliation/
Reconciliation Action Plan
The Reconciliation Action Plan is located on this website; please follow this link(PDF, 831KB) to download the PDF.
Reconciliation actions in Pyrenees
Beaufort is home to the Koori Art Trail, a walk populated with Indigenous art. Take a short walk around the lake or do a virtual lap with us to view the works: