Reconciliation calendar

Listed below are key dates of recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all Australians, along with reconciliation events held in Moonee Valley.

Dates of recognition in Australia

Date Event

13 January 

Anniversary of the Apology (2008)
The anniversary of the apology in Federal Parliament to the Stolen Generations of Australia. See Reconciliation Victoria.
26 January Australia Day
For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, this day brings great sadness, pain and suffering. For some people, this day is also known as Survival Day. It is a day to recognise the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people against great adversity including historical and ongoing injustices as a result of colonisation.
Attend the Share the Spirit Festival at Treasury Gardens or Belgrave Survival Day.
15 March
National Close the Gap Day
‘Close the Gap’ is Australia’s largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign – a national human-rights based and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led campaign, which aims to achieve health equality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030. Visit Oxfam for more information about the campaign.
21 March

Harmony Day
A day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home - from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to our newest arrivals from around the world. The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

See the Australian Government’s Harmony Day website.

26 May National Sorry Day
A day to recognise and commemorate the Stolen Generations, survivors of past government policies that allowed for the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander children from their families. Find out more.
End of May The Long Walk
Commemorating the walk Michael Long and supporters undertook to Canberra to place the lives of Aboriginal people back on the national agenda. Coincides with Dreamtime at the ’G. Visit The Long Walk website.
27 May-3 June

Reconciliation Week
A time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

See Reconciliation Victoria’s website.

8-15 July

NAIDOC Week
This week is a chance to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture across Australia.  

The 2018 theme is “Because of her, we can!” to 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 NAIDOC website.

4 August

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day
A day to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their strengths and their connections to culture.

See SNAICC’s website.

6-12 August

Wurundjeri Week
An acknowledgement and celebration of the Wurundjeri People, the Traditional Custodians of the greater Melbourne region, including Moonee Valley.

Visit Wurundjeri Tribe’s website.

2018 Reconciliation events in Moonee Valley

Moonee Valley City Council and our partners are holding a number of events throughout 2018. Join us to celebrate, learn and show respect to the First Peoples of Moonee Valley and Australia.

See our Reconciliation page for further information.

Date  Event
25 March, 10am-2pm

Walk with Wurundjeri

Learn all about Wurundjeri culture, take part in a smoking ceremony and make traditional digging sticks. Finish up with a bush tucker meat barbecue then come back in October to harvest the Murnong with your digging sticks!
When: Sunday, 25 March, 10am-2pm
Where: 5 Mile Creek Reserve, 2 Government Road, Essendon

Watch this video from the event:

22 April, 11am

Reintroducing Wurundjeri culture to the Maribyrnong

Friends of Steele Creek in partnership with Wurundjeri present a Welcome to Country, traditional games, yam harvesting, traditional weaving, a barbecue and much more.

When: Sunday, 22 April, 11am-3pm
Where: Lower Maribyrnong River, Lily Street, Essendon West
Contact Helen van den Berg on 0437 838 633 for further information. Supported by a Moonee Valley City Council grant.

2 June-29 July

standing still; looking back, looking forward, Incinerator Gallery exhibition 

standing still; looking back, looking forward celebrates First Nations identities today, yesterday and tomorrow. Featuring new works by Dean Cross, Brad Darkson, Amala Groom & Nicole Monks, Ashley Perry and Katie West. Curated by Jessica Clark.

Opening Night: Friday, 1 June, 6pm-8pm
Gallery open: Saturday, 2 June to Sunday, 29 July
Artist and curator talk: Saturday, 16 June
See Incinerator Gallery’s 2018 program.

21 June

Which Way Home, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Infused with humour and heart, Which Way Home draws on writer Katie Beckett’s own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.

When: Thursday, 21 June, 8pm
Where: Clocktower Centre, 755 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
Find out more and book at the Clocktower Centre’s website.

2 July

Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women of the West exhibition - opening event

When: Monday, 2 July, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Bowery Theatre, St Albans Community Centre

Applications are open now to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of all ages who live or work in the West for this special exhibition. Photographs can be taken by any equipment and will accompany a story outlining each woman's contributions and achievements in the community. Submit your photo and story or read more (pdf, 821KB).

7 July

Indigenous Match at Airport West Football Club

Join the club for its Indigenous match and luncheon. The event includes a sit-down lunch, speakers, and an opportunity to support the club.
To book tickets visit Airport West Football Club.
Supported by Moonee Valley City Council.
10 July

Film night: After the Apology

A landmark documentary exploring the continues practice of child removal and the community response. The number of Aboriginal children being removed today by welfare agencies is much higher than during the time of the Stolen Generations. Grandmothers against Removal are fighting back and bring the children home. 81 mins, Rated M.

When: Tuesday, 10 July, 6pm

Where: Flemington Library, 313 Racecourse Road, Flemington

11 July

Celebrate NAIDOC! Flag-raising and cultural event

Join our annual flag raising ceremony. This family-friendly event will include a Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri Elder, morning tea and activities for the kids.

When: Wednesday, 11 July, 10.30am-12pm
Where: Avondale Heights Library and Learning, 69-79 Military Rd, Avondale Heights

Free event. RSVP online or call 8325 1940.

11 July

NAIDOC Week: Aboriginal basket weaving

Create your own basket using traditional Aboriginal weaving techniques, as demonstrated by Donna Blackhall, from the Yorta Yorta nation. All ages welcome. Free, bookings necessary.

When: Wednesday 11 July, 6pm-8pm

Where: Ascot Vale Library, 165 Union Road, Ascot Vale

18 July

Aboriginal Astronomy

This talk, delivered by the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, will explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed a number of practical ways to observe the Sun, Moon and stars to inform navigation, calendars, predict weather, and inform law and social structure. It will feature videos of dances, songs, and interviews with Elders.

When: Wednesday, 18 July, 6.30pm-8pm
Where: Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds

Free event. Book via Eventbrite or call the Sam Merrifield Library on 83251950.

Mid-October

Five Mile Creek Reserve Murnong Harvest

Join us to harvest Murnongs at 5 Mile Creek. Wurundjeri Elders will be using traditional digging sticks to harvest the Murnong. You can join in using the digging stick you made at our event at Five Mile Creek on 25 March. The day will also include basket weaving, traditional games, storytelling and dancers.
Date TBC.
Last updated: Thursday, 14 June 2018, 2:14 AM