Ganbu Yalingbu. Ngulu-Bulok - One Day. Many Voices: Melbourne Museum
May
20
to Nov 3

Ganbu Yalingbu. Ngulu-Bulok - One Day. Many Voices: Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum is commemorating the 1967 Referendum with an exhibition of local Koorie artists who have contributed paintings, digital collages and video installations. The exhibition will also feature historic and contemporary footage reflecting on this period of change. Artists featured include Nathan Patterson, Leonie Solomon-Green, The Young Family, Hayley Millar-Baker, Arika Waulu, and Josh Muir.

For more information, click here.

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Indigenous Tour: Billibellary's Walk – University of Melbourne
Jun
19
to Dec 1

Indigenous Tour: Billibellary's Walk – University of Melbourne

Take a guided tour of Billibellary's Walk to reflect on the University of Melbourne as an Aboriginal space and part of Wurundjeri country. Indigenous students will guide you through the walk and provide context to the University's built environment as a place of belonging for Aboriginal people. Guides may also share their own experiences of being Indigenous students at the University, and guests on the walk are encouraged to engage with the student guides through thoughtful and respectful questions and dialogue.

The walk will take approximately one hour and will include walking at a moderate pace and walking up some short sets of steps. Please advise when booking if you have any special requirements. Bookings essential.

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To book online, click here.

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Namatjira Project/ Westwind: Djalu's Legacy/Bastardy – Melbourne International Film Festival 2017
Aug
3
to Aug 20

Namatjira Project/ Westwind: Djalu's Legacy/Bastardy – Melbourne International Film Festival 2017

There will be a collection of Indigenous films screening at this years, Melbourne International Film Festival

Namatjira ProjectWestwind: Djalu's Legacy, and Bastardy. 

To see the full 2017 MIFF program of Australian films, click here.

For more information and to book tickets to the aforementioned films, click Namatjira ProjectWestwind, or Bastardy.

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Leempeeyt Weeyn': Federation Square
Aug
5
to Aug 20

Leempeeyt Weeyn': Federation Square

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.

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Aboriginal Connections Festival: Frankston
Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

Aboriginal Connections Festival: Frankston

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.

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Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum: Collingwood
Aug
26
11:00am11:00am

Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum: Collingwood

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. 

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Sep
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bruce Pascoe in Conversation

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.

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Sep
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Three Songwomen

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.

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Wood Burning Workshop with Mick Harding
Sep
15
12:00pm12:00pm

Wood Burning Workshop with Mick Harding

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. 

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Wurundjeri History Talk
Aug
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Wurundjeri History Talk

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.

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Boon Wurrung Language Revival Workshop: South Melbourne
Aug
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

Boon Wurrung Language Revival Workshop: South Melbourne

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.

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Scienceworks: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day on Little Kid’s Day
Aug
7
10:00am10:00am

Scienceworks: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day on Little Kid’s Day

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.

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The Song Keepers – Melbourne International Film Festival
Aug
6
to Aug 14

The Song Keepers – Melbourne International Film Festival

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.

For more information and to book, click here.
For more information on the MIFF Travelling Showcase and to see The Song Keepers in regional Victoria, click here.

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National Gallery of Victoria NAIDOC Week - LOOKING AT LANGUAGE
Jul
9
12:30pm12:30pm

National Gallery of Victoria NAIDOC Week - LOOKING AT LANGUAGE

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
 

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Tarnuk Biik - Earth Bowls by Baluk Arts: Parkdale
Jul
7
to Aug 12

Tarnuk Biik - Earth Bowls by Baluk Arts: Parkdale

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

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In Between the Object and the Gaze: Exhibition by Wadawurrung woman, Deanne Gilson
Jul
6
to Jul 15

In Between the Object and the Gaze: Exhibition by Wadawurrung woman, Deanne Gilson

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

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Koolin ngargee NAIDOC Week: South Yarra
Jul
6
10:00am10:00am

Koolin ngargee NAIDOC Week: South Yarra

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

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Koolin-ik ba kirrip-buluk (Family and Friends) NAIDOC Week Event: Cranbourne Gardens
Jul
5
10:00am10:00am

Koolin-ik ba kirrip-buluk (Family and Friends) NAIDOC Week Event: Cranbourne Gardens

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.

For more information click here or here

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NAIDOC Week Family Day at Collingwood Children’s Farm
Jul
5
10:00am10:00am

NAIDOC Week Family Day at Collingwood Children’s Farm

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

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Wumindjika - NAIDOC Week: Yea
Jul
2
1:00pm 1:00pm

Wumindjika - NAIDOC Week: Yea

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.

For more information and to book, click here or here

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Forum: 10 Years of the Northern Territory Intervention & Working Towards Treaties
Jun
29
2:45pm 2:45pm

Forum: 10 Years of the Northern Territory Intervention & Working Towards Treaties

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

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Kunda Beamo: Spirit of Country, NAIDOC Week at Box Hill Community Arts Centre
Jun
20
to Jul 9

Kunda Beamo: Spirit of Country, NAIDOC Week at Box Hill Community Arts Centre

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. 

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Roll Back the Interventention Fundraiser
Jun
18
to Jun 19

Roll Back the Interventention Fundraiser

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.

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Mabo Day - Fed Square
Jun
3
12:00pm12:00pm

Mabo Day - Fed Square

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

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Community HART Awards
Jun
2
12:30pm12:30pm

Community HART Awards

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

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Birrarung Wilam River Walk
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Birrarung Wilam River Walk

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

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Reconciliation in Boroondara
May
31
7:45pm 7:45pm

Reconciliation in Boroondara

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.

Speakers include:

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

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Blackwiz trivia night is back!
May
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Blackwiz trivia night is back!

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. 

To book and read the all the details click here

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