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

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.

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
RSVP via Eventbrite.
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 The Descendants, Incinerator Gallery exhibition
Curated by guest artist and Palawa woman Jessica Clark, The Descendants engages with the complex reality of Indigenous identity in everyday experiences of contemporary urban culture.
Opening Night: Friday, 1 June, 6pm-8pm
Gallery open: 2 June-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
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).

8 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.
11 July
NAIDOC Week flag raising event
Join our annual flag raising ceremony. This family-friendly event will include a Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri Elder, music, food and activities for the whole family.
When: Wednesday, 11 July, 10.30am-12pm
Where: Avondale Heights Library and Learning, 69-79 Military Rd, Avondale Heights
RSVP via Eventbrite.
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.

8 August Wurundjeri Week celebration
Learn about Wurundjeri’s connection to Moonee Valley, including the land and rivers, through storytelling and children’s activities.
When: Wednesday, 8 August, 6.30-7.30pm
Where: Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds
Booking details TBC.
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: Monday, 23 April 2018, 5:40 AM