National Reconciliation Week is on from May 27 to June 3 across Australia and is a chance to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. All Melburnians are invited to take place in events throughout the city this month; here are some of our highlights.
For more insight into the history and culture of the peoples of the Kulin nation, go on one of these Indigenous walks and tours in Melbourne and across Victoria, and learn some Boon Wurrung words from elder and language specialist Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir.
National Reconciliation Week events
Join thousands of Melburnians in a march for reconciliation on Saturday June 3 from 2-6pm. Hosted by AFL great Michael Long, the Long Walk Foundation and the AFL, the Long Walk begins at Federation Square, where stalls and performances will occur, before proceeding to walk towards the MCG before the annual footy match between Essendon and Richmond.
The City of Stonnington and Prahran Market will be celebrating National Reconciliation Week on Saturday June 2. The day's proceedings will begin with a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, with traditional dancing, didgeridoo and hip-hop dance performances taking place throughout the day. The team from Charcoal Lane will be sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recipes in the market's display kitchen as well.
Head to the city of Port Phillip on Monday June 4 for a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by the Boon Wurrung Foundation. There will be a speech by Port Phillip Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss and the Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag will be raised. Traditional dance group Gerib Sik from Cairns will perform, and the events will culminate in a community lunch at St Kilda Town Hall.
Get to know deadly Melburnians making a mark
What does it mean to grow up separated from the knowledge and culture of your ancestors – and how do you reconnect with your past? Aunty Carolyn Briggs – a highly respected Boon Wurrung Elder – shares her journey of self-discovery with us, and outlines her vision for a better future.
Boon Wurrung elder and language specialist Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir shares words that were once spoken in the coastal region of Victoria stretching from Werribee River to Wilson's Promontory.