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.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week will run from 27 May to 3 June 2021. This year's theme is, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, which urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
There will be more information to come so watch this space. In the meantime, you can read more about National Reconciliation Week 2021 via this link About - National Reconciliation Week 2021
Expression of Interest (EOI) - Reconciliation Advisory Committee
Expressions of Interest for interested community member to be involved in the Reconciliation Advisory Committee have now closed. Thank you to those who submitted an Expression.
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.
Koori Art Trail
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:
Registered Aboriginal Parties
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 -
First Nations Breakfast Television
Listen to Shahni and Ryan on SBS for a taste of First Nations breakfast television....Here's the link to more information
Aboriginal Languages of Victoria
Please click here(PDF, 216KB) to view the map of Aboriginal Languages in Victoria