Reconciliation grants awarded

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This grant supports community to implement projects that contribute to Reconciliation and the process of healing in Nillumbik.

Reconciliation grants support community-led projects that promote truth-telling, recognition, community connection, cultural and social inclusion and access and participation for First Nations People.

2022-23 recipients

Allwood Neighbourhood House

Reconciliation Week Smoking Ceremony and "Taking Care of Country" Yarning Circle | $1,000

Recognising Reconciliation Week and World Environment Day a Wurrundjeri Elder will conduct a traditional Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony. A significant cultural practice involving burning native plants to create smoke, believed to have cleansing and healing properties. Followed by a yarning circle "Taking Care of Country" connection to lands, waters and communities.

Catholic Ladies' College

Reconciliation Week Assembly | $1,000

During Reconciliation Week, the Reconciliation Group will host the annual assembly for the entire school, which will feature Fred Leone. We listen to First Nations' voices and educate young people about Aboriginal people's unique place in this country, and educate ourselves about First Nations culture, history, language, and storytelling.

Diamond Hills Preschool

Connecting to Country - Celebrating Indigenous Culture | $1,000

Connecting with Aboriginal Culture by celebrating history, making community connections and learning about the history and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The program will be delivered in recognition of Reconciliation week and NAIDOC week and explore activities focused on celebrating culture, bushtucker, language, art, song, dance and storytime.

Gurwidj Neighbourhood House

Gurwijd Neighbourhood House Womens Group NAIDOC Project "For Our Elders" | $1,000

Gurwijd Neighborhood House is an Aboriginal Women's Group that provides a culturally safe environment for women of all ages to attend. Gurwijd and Nillumbik Shire Council are hosting a NAIDOC Event, which will include morning tea and lunch for all women who attend.

Kangaroo Ground Preschool

Wurundjeri Elder Visit and Welcome to Country Ceremony | $1,000

Hosting an education visit by a Wurundjeri Elder to the preschool, providing children with an education and awareness of indigenous culture, including a smoking and welcome to country ceremony. Representing an important coming together of the preschool community with traditional owners, demonstrating their longstanding commitment to embedding Indigenous perspectives into their program.

Montsalvat Arts Centre

Celebrating NAIDOC Week - Of Birds & Monuments | $1,000

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, Montsalvat presents Of Birds and Monuments, performed by internationally award-winning artists, Coady Green (piano), Justin Kenealy (saxophone) and Yorta Yorta man Tiriki Onus (narrator). They present works by renowned Melbourne composers based upon stories from Indigenous texts prepared by Tiriki Onus and N’arweet Carolyn Briggs AM.

Nillumbik Reconciliation Group

NAIDOC Celebration with Aboriginal Women Artists | $1,000

To support Aboriginal artists painting decorative boards followed by a visit to Eltham where the group will make possum skin bracelets and work with members of Nillumbik community to share this activity. This collaboration with the Aboriginal Advancement League is a unique opportunity for Nillumbik to form a relationship with a vibrant Aboriginal community and learn from them some of the skills that are unique to Victorian Aboriginal heritage.

Research Junior Football Club

Research Junior Football Club Reconciliation Week | $1,000

During Reconciliation Week, the club will hold a smoking ceremony and display the Aboriginal flag on the field.

Warrandyte Historical Society

Launch of Aboriginal Display Upgrade | $1,000

With guidance and input from the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, the Warrandyte Historical Society is redeveloping and upgrading the Aboriginal display in the museum. When the display is finished, it will be displayed to the entire community at the museum.