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MEDIA RELEASE - Reconciliation celebrations earn state award

31 May 2019

The Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership has been given the top honour for its innovative storytelling efforts and inclusive cultural celebrations, receiving a state award for reconciliation.

The documentary Demystifying History – Indigenous Culture in the Glenelg Shire was announced today as the winner of the Local Government category in the 2019 HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards at an award ceremony in Melbourne.

The documentary, which was launched during National Reconciliation Week in 2018, features interviews with Aboriginal leaders and Elders reflecting on the historical moments that have shaped the shire’s cultural identity, aligning with the 2018 National Reconciliation Week theme of ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’.

The award also honours the combined citizenship ceremony event which was held as part of National Reconciliation Week celebrations.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the award recognised the strength of the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership and the shire’s proactive efforts to help achieve reconciliation, at both a local and national level.

“This award is a fantastic achievement not just for the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership, but also for the broader community, recognising the powerful cultural narrative we have to share in the Glenelg Shire,” she said.

“Demystifying History, filmed and produced by local filmmakers Powerhouse Productions, captures the rich history of the Gunditjmara people, sharing their stories and connection to the land. It also highlights why reconciliation is an important part of the community moving forward together as one, as told from the perspective of Gunditjmara people.

“Since our Reconciliation Week events, the documentary has been watched by more than 25,000 people, ensuring these significant stories of our region’s past are shared and passed along to future generations.

“I take this opportunity to thank the members of the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership and the brave community members who generously provided their story for the Demystifying History documentary. We hope that as a result of this award will continue to see relationships develop and deepen within our community based on mutual understanding and respect, paving the way for reconciliation.”

The HART Awards celebrate and honour the efforts of local governments and community groups across Victoria to progress reconciliation in their communities. The Awards are delivered as a partnership between Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Local Governance Association.

For further information on the HART Awards please visit the Reconciliation Victoria website.

The Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership is comprised of representatives from Winda- Mara Aboriginal Corporation, Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service (DWECH), Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the Glenelg Shire Council.

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