Pyrenees Shire Council acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Djab Wurrung 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.
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:
National Reconciliation Week, May 27-June 3
Council participates in National Reconciliation Week and is encouraging staff to participate in NRW's acknowledgement of country:
On the first day of NRW, take the time to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Land that you are on, wherever you are. Choose your social media platform – or the privacy of your own space – to pay your respects.Consult the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia for a guide to the Traditional Owners of the Land you are on, and tag the Traditional Owners and/or your own mob plus #InThisTogether2020 #NRW2020
Acknowledging National Reconciliation Week:
- The CFA’s release is here
- MAV's release is here
- The Premier's release is here
NAIDOC Week, July 5-12
Council will look to participate in NAIDOC Week, hopefully with a public event if COVID-19 restrictions allow. Watch this space for further updates.