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 Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Peoples are the Traditional Custodians of this land and have strived to retain their identity and cultures through more than two hundred years of dispossession and colonisation.
Council recognises and accepts its responsibility to learn from, and promote the intrinsic value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, heritage and contemporary aspirations to the wider community, understanding that this enriches Australia’s heritage and our community.
Council acknowledges the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to live according to their own values and customs in our diverse community, subject to Australian law.
Council respects Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Peoples’ special relationship to the land and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sacred sites and significant places.
Council recognises the valuable contributions to Victoria made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 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.
NAIDOC Week (dates subject to change from year to year)
NAIDOC Week celebrates 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)