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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

27 May - 3 June

Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Make reconciliation part of your story, and your future.

Demystifying History – Indigenous Culture in the Glenelg Shire

A Brief History

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first ‘National Reconciliation Week’.

In 2000, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation. In the same year, approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of NRW, showing support for the reconciliation process.

Today NRW is celebrated by communities, businesses and individuals at thousands of events across Australia.

What is the Theme for 2018?

The theme for NRW 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery.

This year, we invite Australians to Learn, Share, and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

Events in 2018

A full list of events in celebration of NRW 2018 in the Glenelg Shire are below:

Community Gathering Event
Portland Civic Hall, Bentinck Street, Portland
Friday 1 June 2018, 11.00am – 1.30pm

11.00am Traditional Aboriginal Smoking ceremony
11.30am Welcome performance by Winda-Mara dancers
11.40am Event commencement

- Welcome to Country
- Mayor’s official Welcome
- Aboriginal Acknowledgement by HDSC students
- Portland Secondary College and Bayview College student speakers
- Special guest speaker Mr Denis Rose from Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
- Screening of Demystifying History – Indigenous culture in the Glenelg Shire
- Special Guest speaker Jessica Lovett-Murray Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation

1.00pm Light Luncheon by Clock by the Bay and entertainment by Aaron Morgan Senior Budj Bim Ranger

Please RSVP including any dietary requirements to Jodie Vaughn by Thursday 24 May 2018.

National Reconciliation Week official opening – Short Documentary Launch “Demystifying history – Indigenous Culture in the Glenelg Shire”
Glenelg Shire Council Offices Portland
Monday 28th May, 12pm - 1pm

Reconciliation Football Match
Heywood Football Oval
Saturday 26 May, 8.00am - 5pm

Feel the footy passion and support your favourite green and gold team as Heywood takes on Heathmere for both Junior and Senior Football
A symbolic walk at 8.00am over the Fitzroy River Bridge to the Heywood Recreational Reserve. A traditional smoking ceremony will officially start the day, and an afternoon tea for Aboriginal community members and Elders will be held at half time of the seniors football match.

Winda-mara Community Dinner
21 Scott Street, Heywood
Wednesday 30 May, 5:30pm - 8pm

The Winda-mara Aboriginal Corporation opens its doors up to the community to share a delicious meal and good company.
Cost: Free however RSVP for catering purposes by Monday 29 May to Winda-mara on 5527 0000 or email

DWECH Community Morning Tea
90 Julia Street, Portland
Wednesday 30 May, 10am onwards

The Aboriginal Corporation opens its doors up to the Indigenous community to celebrate the significant milestones towards reconciliation. Cost: Free, however RSVP for catering purposes by Monday 29 May to DWECH on 5521 7535 or email

Narrawong Kang-O-Meerteek – Songs for the Soul
Timandra by the Sea - 82 Windham St, Narrawong
Sunday 3rd June, 1pm - 4pm

Join Andy Alberts at Timandra by the Sea Garden for an afternoon of music around
the fire.
FREE Entry (Devonshire Tea available for $5/$10)
Contact: Deb Saunders 0410745770 or email

School activities Local Aboriginal Language & Traditional Aboriginal Games (grade 5&6 students)
Portland Civic Hall
Thursday 31st May, 10.30am – 1pm

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