Statement of Commitment, Important Dates & Upcoming Events
In 2001, Stonnington Council adopted the following Statement of Commitment as the foundation for local reconciliation:
The Council of the City of Stonnington acknowledges that Indigenous Australians were the first people of this land and have strived to retain their identity and culture through more than two hundred years of non-indigenous settlement.
The Council recognises that present collective disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians stems from past and present injustices.
As part of the process to redress these disadvantages, the Council recognises and accepts its responsibility to learn from, and promote the intrinsic value of Indigenous Australian cultures to the wider community, understanding also that this enriches Australia’s heritage.
The Council acknowledges the right of Indigenous Australians to live according to their own values and customs in our valued diverse community, subject to Australian law.
The Council respects Indigenous Australians’ special relationship to the land and recognises Aboriginal sacred sites and significant places.
The Council recognises the valuable contribution to Victoria made by Indigenous Australians and will work together towards a future of mutual respect and harmony.
26 May: National Day of Healing (Sorry Day)
27 May – 3 June: National Reconciliation Week
This year during National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia invites all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.
“Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow” explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. This National Reconciliation Week learn more about the Australian story.
3 June: Mabo Day
Mabo Day marks the anniversary of the High Court of Australia’s judgement in 1992 in the Mabo case. The case made against the State of Queensland on 3 June accepted the claim by Eddie Mabo and the other claimants that their people (the Meriam peoples) had occupied the Islands of Mer for hundreds of years before the arrival of the British. This is a day of particular significance for Torres Strait Islander Australians as Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo’s name is synonymous with native title rights.
8 - 15 July 2018: NAIDOC Week (dates subject to change from year to year)
NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.
See the full flyer event.(PDF, 742KB)
Reconciliation Writing Competition 2018
Don't Keep History A Mystery
The Reconciliation Writing Competition organised by Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation is open to all Victorians to explore ideas about our past and our connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, and to develop a deeper understanding of our national story.
Entries close Friday 24 August 2018
For more information please download the competition flyer: Reconciliation Writing Competition 2018 Flyer(PDF, 7MB)