Giving voice to the journey of Treaty, truth and healing

Published on 28 June 2019


The community is invited to an Aboriginal Voices Forum complete with a didgeridoo performance at Eltham Library to mark NAIDOC Week.

The Thursday 11 July event will focus on Voice, Treaty and Truth and is being hosted by the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group and Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries.

Reconciliation Victoria CEO Diana David and Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson will lead the panel discussion based on these three key elements set out by the First Nations Australians in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Nillumbik Shire Council has provided funding through the Robert Bridgford Indigenous Trust Grant for the 6.45 pm-8 pm event, which includes the panel discussion, a musical performance by Richie Williams and supper.

Mayor Karen Egan invites the community to be a part of NAIDOC Week celebrations held across Australia from 7-14 July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only by Indigenous communities but widely across Australia. It is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”

Community Services representative, Cr Grant Brooker, said the community had shown enthusiasm for coming along on a journey to celebrate the rich culture of Australia’s 65,000 plus years’ old Indigenous voices.

“With 2019 being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous languages it is time for the language, stories, lore and culture to be heard through the voices of our First Nations people – especially the Wurundjeri people,” Cr Brooker said.

Nillumbik Reconciliation Group President, Jan Aitken says ‘NRG welcomes the Council grant which allows Nillumbik to show leadership as the Aboriginal community and the State of Victoria are working towards Treaty negotiations.

The NRG has been developing programs and initiatives to foster greater awareness of Indigenous culture and Reconciliation within Nillumbik for the past 20 years.

The event is free.

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