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.
NAIDOC Week 4 July - 11 July 2021
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
This year's theme is Heal Country. More about the 2021 Heal Country theme can be found here.
The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster (below), ‘Care for Country’ was designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas. Find out more about the story behind the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster.
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 9 August 2021
In 1994, the United Nations declared August 9 as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
A Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and an education session/walk around Beaufort Lake, which is on Wadawurrung Country, will be held on this day to talk about the land and history of the area. More information about date and time will be provided soon.
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