RECENTRE; sisters is a free art show exhibiting work from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander female artists.
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the Bass Coast/South Gippsland Reconciliation Group will be holding an Indigenous Art Exhibition in Inverloch. The opening night will be Saturday 1st July 2017, from 4-6pm.
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
Indigenous dance group and YouTube stars Djuki Mala from North East Arnhem Land will present 12 performances which mix traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, comedy, dance and storytelling.
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.
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.
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 Yingadi Immersion experience returns in 2017. Come along to explore Aboriginal spirituality and connection to land by walking with Mutthi Mutthi woman, Vicki Clark and in the footsteps of her ancestors at Lake Mungo and Balranald.
Now in its fifth year, Smith Street Dreaming 2017 celebrates the footprint of Koorie history in Collingwood and Fitzroy. This year the festival will feature Frank Yamma, Emma Donovan, Yung Warriors, Indigenous HIP HOP Projects, and Jindi Worabak.
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
Come along to learn Woi-Wurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri people, with Uncle Bill Nicholson. Join the Wurundjeri Stories easy trail walk at Pound Bend and connect with the stories and lives of the traditional custodians of this land
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.
For more information, click here
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.
Celebrate Aboriginal culture and language during NAIDOC week on the ancestral lands of the Koolin people at Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Activities include a smoking ceremony, traditional stories around the fire with Uncle Ron and Aunty Faye, decorating your own boomerang and making an ochre hand-print to take home.
For more information click here
To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017 and its theme ‘Our Languages Matter’, come along to Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne for activities including a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony, free BBQ, didgeridoo playing, and Indigenous story-telling. The event will be held on Wednesday 5th July at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne from 10am – 2pm and is free for all to attend.
Come along to this family-friendly event to celebrate NAIDOC Week at Collingwood Children’s Farm. Activities will include a performance by Wayapa Wuurrk traditional dancers, a BBQ, Indigenous bush planting, cultural craft, mural painting and face painting. The event is free and will be held at Collingwood Children's Farm, Abbotsford.
More information can be found here
Y Water Discovery Centre @ Yea Wetlands will be celebrating NAIDOC Week through a ‘Walk in the Wetlands’ with Taungurung representative, Angela Tenburren. Angela will discuss the Indigenous plants of the Yea Wetlands and their traditional uses. The walk will conclude with a ‘Taste of Taungurung’ afternoon tea at the Y Water Discovery Centre.
Concerned Australians will be hosting a forum to join in conversation with NT Aboriginal Elders and Community Leaders. The topic will be the impact of the Australian Government’s Northern Territory Intervention, respect for the sovereignty of First Peoples, and the pathway to treaty/treaties.
More information can be found at the event page
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, in partnership with Baluk Arts, is holding an exhibition of Kunda Beamo, a self-taught Indigenous artist who draws inspiration from reclaiming his identity and culture.
The exhibition is currently showing until 8th July at Box Hill Community Arts Centre and is free for all to attend.
This coming Sunday, join us for a musical feast, for a plethora of speakers, soulful story-telling, art for auction and educational short films. Make your presence make a difference.
All funds raised go to Intervantion Rollback Action Group (IRAG) in Alice Springs for their up coming conference, Standing Strong! Standing Strong! Standing Together! in Alice Springs 23-26 June.
On the 25th anniversary of the historic Mabo Decision, Federation Square and the Koorie National Trust are inviting you to get together for a picnic and commemorate the day with the Torres Strait Islander community.
Come along on June 3rd, 12pm – 3pm at Birrarung, River Terrace. Free admission.
More information found here
Baluk Arts Mornington invites you to get involved in a practical workshop where you can learn to weave local grass with Arrernte artist, Kirsty Bell.
In honour of Reconciliation Week, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts & Melbourne Conservatorium of Music have teamed up in a benefit concert to raise both awareness and funds to address the high suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Community HART Award recognizes and acknowledges the work of local governments and community organizations in advancing reconciliation at a local level in Victoria.
Come along to the fourth annual award ceremony held on Friday June 2nd, 12.30pm – 3pm at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square. A light lunch and entertainment provided as well.
More information and booking found: HERE
Learn about the land on which Melbourne now stands, how the landscape has changed over time and its significance to the Aboriginal Peoples of the Kulin Nation.
With a Koorie Heritage Trust guide, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the site now known as Melbourne as well as gain information about the Aboriginal art installations located down by the river.
For information and booking click here
Boroondara council voted to make ‘acknowledgment of country’ optional at their council meetings, civic events and citizenship ceremonies as for it not to be seen as ‘tokenistic’. The decision was revealed one day after Malcom Turnbull presented the ninth Closing the Gap report on indigenous disadvantage.
ANTaR Boroondara has organised a public meeting on the 31st of May calling on the City of Boroondara to reinstate acknowledgment of country and renew their reconciliation action plan.
The meeting will be chaired by Assoc. Prof Ken Coghill.
The Hon. Natalie Hutchins – Minster for Aboriginal Affairs, Local Government and Industrial Affairs.
Uncle John Baxter- Reconciliation Victoria Committee
Cr. Trent McCarthy – City of Darebin
A petition has been created by local residents to reinstate these acknowledgments, to sign it click here
Want to test your knowledge about Aboriginal culture, music, history and politics? Want to learn more? Want to laugh along the way? Join quiz masters Jason Tamiru and Kerrie Loveless, singer and composer Elaine Crombie and honored guest Uncle Jack Charles for a night of music, comedy and trivia to celebrate Reconciliation week 2017.
Hosted by the Footscray Community Arts Centre, HRAFF Goes West! is a celebration of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival's 10th anniversary.
Uncle Wes Marne, a 95-year-old Bigambul man and community elder, is bringing his piece Fire Bucket to the Yirramboi festival.
The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival is hosting a screening of Zach's Ceremony, an indigenous coming-of-age film.
ACMI is hosting a panel discussing a range of Indigenous issues, to take stock of the current place of First Nations and Indigenous peoples in Australia.
Hosted by BLAKflip and Circus OZ, Chasing Smoke is a representation of the world's oldest living culture told through contemporary circus.
Native Girl Syndrome is a theatrical piece from Lara Kramer.
The opening event of the Yirramboi festival, Barrun Ganbu is described as “an evening of sound, smoke & song and high camp hilarity."