Join Marngrook Footy Show’s Leila Gurruwiwi, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at
Victorian College of the Arts and all-round entertainer Richard Frankland, Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Den the Fish, Aunty Judith ‘Jacko’ Jackson, and a host of others to celebrate Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation’s anniversary: 20 years of respecting Culture and Building Bridges.
Join Marngrook Footy Show’s Leila Gurruwiwi, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at
This workshop, hosted by the Moreland City Council, focuses on discussing contemporary Indigenous cultures, breaking down the discrimination faced by Indigenous people. Hosted by Annette Sax, the workshop includes group work, storytelling, and art experience. Annette is a storyteller, artist and illustrator, who has 26 years experience in Aboriginal Childhood Education. She says that the workshop will "challenge your existing beliefs and shift the way you think about Aboriginal culture and identity."
Tickets are $22 and can be purchased here.
'Her Tribe' is a workshop focusing on culture and connection, servicing physical and emotional well-being. This free event was inspired by the higher rates of mental illness experienced by Aboriginal people, as an impact of colonisation, inter-generational trauma and racism. The Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing model emphasises the importance of spirituality, ancestors, and culture in well-being.
Laura Thompson, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and Helen Kennedy, Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing Branch, DHHS will share 'Her Tribe,' leading to improved social and emotional wellbeing. Followed by Laura’s presentation, Helen will facilitate a discussion on what the policy, planning and program design implications are for such a successful program.
Her Tribe is underpinned by Aboriginal self-determination and the importance of strong connections to culture, community connection, healing and trauma informed care, building resilience, and improving the social and emotional well-being and mental health outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Judy Watson's Aboriginal family are from Waanyi country. Based on this, and influenced by her stories and memories, Watson has conducted research-based mapping of Aboriginal massacre sites, revealing Indigenous histories across lines of emotional and physical typography.
An exhibition of Watson's work is on view at RMIT Gallery from October 2nd to November 11th. Watson will be discussing her work on the 7th of October. This event is free, and you can register here.
Join Kelli Cole in a curatorial walk-through of Shepparton Art Museum's exhibition, Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia. Kelli Cole is a Warumungu/Luritja peoples, the Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, and Belinda Briggs, Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba, Community Engagement Officer. This walk-through engages with the work of Indigenous artists, discussing the issues and themes represented in the art.
This event is free, but bookings are essential. Click here to book your place.
A panel of Indigenous architects, artists, academics and heritage professionals discussing "Haunting, Memory and Place" at the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage's (ACAHUCH) annual symposium.
The session will be chaired by architect Jefa Greenaway, a descendant of the Wailwan and Kamilaroi peoples, director of Greenaway Architects, and Chair of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria. The panel will discuss ancestral connection to place resonates with contemporary Indigenous society and the impact his has on architecture, art and design.
Further details will be released soon. To secure a free ticket, click here.
Come and join Taungurung artist Mick Harding in wood burning gum leaves. Mick will be coming in to the Koorie Heritage Trust to share his wood burning craft demonstrating Victoria’s unique symbolism on gum leaves. Mick draws his inspiration from the compelling legends of his people, and weaves the images of those legends into each of his original art works.
Experience the musical journey of Jessie Lloyd, Emma Donovan and Deline Briscoe, three Aboriginal songwomen from three different states as they explore the cultural heritage of their ancestors. They continue the tradition of songlines as the examine how three communities produced songsmiths as well as the inter-generational journeys which shaped them.
The event will be at the Hawthorn Arts Centre for one night only. Tickets sold here.
Professional Development Workshop: Building Authentic Relationships with Aboriginal Families and Communities
In this Professional Development we will share Dr. Sue Atkinson Lopez’s PhD research “Indigenous Early Childhood Curriculum and Self Determination” which has a focus on “What Aboriginal Parents Want for Their Children Attending Early Childhood Services”. Reaching out and shaping genuine and lasting relationships with local Aboriginal families and communities is an important action as a way of embedding Aboriginal curriculum in the everyday program.
This is vital knowledge that gives voice to Aboriginal families and their experiences within Early Childhood Services. Participants will gain a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture and feel more confident to support Aboriginal inclusive practise in their services. You will be inspired by the stories of Early Childhood Professionals that have made a commitment to Reconciliation. Educators will also develop a resource they can share with children and families they work with. This workshop includes group work storytelling and hands on art experience. The event will be held at FKA Children's Services, and the cost will be $100.
For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Come along with your little ones to the September Kids’ Book Club for snacks and a chat at the Younger Sun Bookshop where they will be reading My Girragundji by Meme McDonald and Boori Monty Pryor. The story tells of an Aboriginal boy whose house is invaded by a Hairyman - a spirit the old people call a Quinkin. Alive with humour, My Girragundji is the vivid story of a boy growing up between two worlds. With the little green tree frog as a friend, the bullies at school don't seem so big anymore. And Girragundji gives him the courage to face his fears. The event is free for all to attend. For more information, click here.
Bunurong writer, Bruce Pascoe, will give a presentation based on his book, Dark Emu, explaining that precolonised australia was an agricultural nation. In Dark Emu, Pascoe discusses historical peceptions of Aboriginal societies as nomadic, and details a civilisation based on agricultural farming.
The event is free but you can register attendence here.
Hear the latest news about reconciliation around Victoria, including discussion of recent developments in Treaty and Constitutional Reform both in Victoria and nationally. Reconciliation Victoria, ANTaR Victoria and “Local Reconciliation Networks” will provide updates on their work across Victoria and share key developments in their work with their local communities.
Frankston Arts Centre’s Aboriginal Connections Festival will be held later this month. The festival comprises of interactive workshops and contemporary art demonstrations associated with Aboriginal connections to land. There will be interactive weaving and painting activities throughout the venue conducted by Baluk Arts. The event is free and open to the whole community.
The featured event of the festival is Saltbush, an interactive journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia, celebrated through live dance, music, song and stories and suitable for children and early adolescents.
The Northcote library, in conjunction with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council Inc is hosting a talk by Wurundjeri elder Uncle Bill. He will be discussing his experiences, history and culture. The ensuing discussion aims to acknowledge the strong impact and presence of Aboriginal people in Darebin, as well as their ongoing struggle for rights and justice.
The Wurundjeri people are the Traditional Owners of a large area of the Yarra River and Valley, both in urba and rural areas.
To register your place, visit the event's page. Alternatively, you can book by contacting Darebin Libraries directly on 1300 655 355.
The Boon Wurrung language, once spoken from what is now Melbourne south to Wilson’s Promontory is being revived through a forensic audit of historical sources. Join Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir, Boon Wurrung elder and senior linguist at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, to find out more about this fascinating and vital cultural recovery program. The event will be held at Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre and is free to attend.
For more information click here.
Scienceworks will host a day dedicated to Koorie people, knowledge, stories and culture. Explore Indigenous Australian constellations in the planetarium, get your hands on objects from the museum's Australian Indigenous collection, and take part in a range of play-based activities, dance performances and storytelling sessions.
This event is targeted at kids aged 5 and under, their parents and carers. The cost of the event is included with museum entry and is open for all to attend.
For more information, click here.
Melbourne International Film Festival presents award-winning filmmaker Naina Sen’s film, The Song Keepers. The Song Keepers documents theCentral Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, and their tour of Germany, as theyshare their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and inclusive cross-cultural collaboration with the world through sacred music in the Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages, two living languages of the Northern Territory and South Australia, together with new music introduced through recent collaborations with other Centralian and international choirs. The Song Keepers will also screen in regional Victoria as part of the MIFF Travelling Showcase.
Leempeeyt Weeyn' means 'campfire' in the Gunditjmara language group of Western Victoria. The campfire will be officially lit in Federation Square on Saturday 5th August at 6pm, celebrated with an Indigenous Welcome to Country. The campfire will then burn continuously for three weeks. The fire will become the centre of live performances, storytelling, learning and sharing over the course of Fed Square's winter program and is a symbol of resistance and a place for coming together, artistically and spiritually.
Linked by the culture of their Wadawurrung ancestors, mother and daughter artists, Aunty Marlene Gilson and Deanne Gilson have developed two concurrent solo exhibitions exploring their differing styles and techniques.
What If? by Aunty Marlene presents a series of new works in her signature narrative style, telling iconic stories of her Country and community. Murnong: Yam Daisies by Deanne, presents an installation of ceramics and paintings as an investigation into the loss of women’s traditional practices through colonisation into the contemporary present. The exhibition is held at the Galleries of the Koorie Heritage Trust, located in Federation Square.
For more information, click here.
There will be a collection of Indigenous films screening at this years, Melbourne International Film Festival.
Namatjira Project, Westwind: Djalu's Legacy, and Bastardy.
Focusing on the 2017 NAIDOC Week theme “Our Languages Matter”, NGV will be holding a discussion with Boon Wurrung elder, Arweet Carolyn Briggs and Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic Jeanine Leane. The women will be highlighting the role of language in shaping identity and why the preservation of Indigenous language is so important.
For more information and to book visit the website
To celebrate NAIDOC Week and the 2017 theme ‘Our Languages Matter” Kingston Arts will be presenting ‘Tarnuk Biik – Earth Bowls’, an exhibition of over 30 hand-built ceramic works by more than 15 Indigenous artists associated with Baluk Arts. Tarnuk Biik translates into Boonwurrung as ‘Coolamon Earth’.Tarnuks or coolamons are based on Indigenous carrying bowls traditionally carved of wood.
There will also be workshops with Baluk Arts to create Coolamons:
Kids (6+) Coolamon Making - Saturday 8th July, 10-11am, Shirley Burke Theatre
Adult Coolamon Making - Saturday 22nd July, 10-11.45am, Shirley Burke Theatre
Free but bookings essential.
For more information and to book, visit the website
Come along to the exhibition opening of Deanne Gilson’s ‘In Between the Object and the Gaze’. The official opening will include a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, Women’s Cleansing Dance, and singing in language by Barry Gilson.
The official opening will be held during NAIDOC Week on Thursday July 6th at 5.30pm (for a 6pm start).
The exhibition runs from June 23rd to July 15th, 2017 at the Post Office Gallery, Ballarat.
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The City of Whittelsea and Ngarara Willim Centre will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with a day of family activities including a guided tour of the Keelbundoora Scarred Tree and Heritage Trail led by Wurundjeri elder, Ian Hunter, followed by a light lunch.