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MEDIA RELEASE - Documentary to profile local indigenous history

22 May 2018

The stories behind our region’s fascinating indigenous heritage have been profiled in the shire’s first ever National Reconciliation Week documentary which is set to be launched next week.

The documentary, titled Demystifying History – Indigenous Culture in the Glenelg Shire, gives a detailed insight into local indigenous history from local Aboriginal leaders and Elders.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the documentary would help to better educate the community on the region’s rich indigenous culture.

“The documentary, filmed and produced by local filmmakers Powerhouse Productions, features interviews with local Aboriginal leaders and Elders telling stories about their past and reflecting on the moments that have shaped our region’s identity. It provides a fantastic glimpse into the moments that are have defined our community,” she said.

“Demystifying History – Indigenous Culture in the Glenelg Shire will be officially launched during National Reconciliation Week, allowing residents to develop a deeper understanding of our cultural narrative.”

The Glenelg Shire in partnership with Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation, Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Reconciliation Victoria, will host a series of events to recognise National Reconciliation Week including a reconciliation themed football match, a community morning tea and activities with local school groups.

The weeklong celebrations will culminate in a Community Gathering event on Friday 1 June from 11am at the Portland Civic Hall.

Cr Rank encouraged community members to RSVP for “the inspiring event”.

“The Community Gathering is an important way that the local community can come together as one and celebrate National Reconciliation Week,” she said.

“Attendees will be able to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture through a traditional smoking ceremony, a performance from the Winda-Mara dancers and reflections from guest speakers.

“The Demystifying History – Indigenous Culture in the Glenelg Shire documentary will also be screened to the public for the first time at this event, so make sure you RSVP today to secure your seat for this exciting morning celebrating our indigenous history.”

RSVPs Community Gathering event can be made to event coordinator Jodie Vaughn on 0410 007 395 or via email at

For further information on National Reconciliation Week events in the Glenelg Shire please visit

National Reconciliation Week takes place annually during 27 May – 3 June. The dates that bookend the week are two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey; the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision.

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