What you need to know

Reconciliation

Our Reconciliation Policy is our commitment to respect, recognise and build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encourage others in our community to do the same.

It was developed in consultation with the Wurundjeri Council, our community and staff. The policy includes:

  • our Statement of Commitment to Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • our Reconciliation Policy commitments our protocols for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Bunjils Marroun Healing Ceremony

Moonee Valley City Council’s annual Bunjils Marroun Healing Ceremony was held at Afton Street Conservation Reserve in Essendon West on Tuesday, 26 January.

Council is committed to Respect (Gahgook), Recognition (Ngarngaith) and Relationships (Djerri) through Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and acknowledges that this day can cause pain to members of the community.

The ceremony included an Acknowledgment of History by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder Aunty Dianne Kerr, poetry read by Gunditjmara Elder Uncle Jim Berg and a performance by the Nhanbu Togip dance group.

Click here for the Coastal Dreaming poem

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Statement of Commitment

Our Statement of Commitment reaffirms the partnership between Council and the Wurundjeri Council and renews our commitment to the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung as the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which Moonee Valley is located, we pay our respects to Elders past and present.

 

Ceremonial rock circle

Our ceremonial rock circle (called Babepal Paen-mirring, meaning “Mother’s tear” in Woi wurrung) is at Five Mile Creek Reserve in Essendon.

The site on which the rock circle sits recognises a registered site of Aboriginal significance and protects artefacts scattered at the site.

After consulting with the Wurundjeri Land Council and the Wurundjeri Narrap team, it was decided to place rocks in the shape of an eye so that the tears of Mother Earth could flow down into Five Mile Creek. The rocks were placed in groups of three representing the three main family groups of the Wurundjeri.

 

Western Regional Local Government Reconciliation Network

We are a member of the Western Regional Local Government Reconciliation Network (WRLGRN). The network consists of five other local councils who meet bi-monthly to address the needs and issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the western region.

Close the Gap

Close the Gap is a national initiative to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country.

We are a member of the Inner North West Primary Care Partnership (INWPCP) Close the Health Gap, Wellbeing Partnership. The partnership brings together health and welfare organisations in the local government areas of Moonee Valley, Moreland, Melbourne and Yarra.

The partnership is guided by an action plan which focuses on cultural understanding; create welcoming environments; asking the Indigenous status question and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in liaison roles. Further information is available the INWPCP website.

To find out more about national Close the Gap initiative, visit the Oxfam website.

Aboriginal Community COVID-19 Resources

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2022 Key Dates

 

2022 Key Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Dates

Myer Music Bowl events

As we enter the summer holiday season, you may like to consider going into the Myer Music Bowl to enjoy these Free and family-friendly events listed below.

In particular, for the 26 January, we’re all invited to Share the Spirit at the Bowl.

  • Share the Spirit, presented by Songlines, returns with a stellar line-up of First Nations artists including Christine Anu, Dan Sultan and Uncle Kutcha Edwards. Come one, come all, to celebrate the survival of First Nations people in Australia.

Can’t wait for Share the Spirit to come to the Bowl in 2022?

  • Relive the magic of the 2021 concert, featuring Uncle Archie Roach, Uncle Jack Charles, Alice Skye and plenty more for everyone to enjoy.
    In a special collaboration between Songlines Aboriginal Music and Arts Centre Melbourne, this free festival showcased an incredible line-up of Indigenous artists. Featuring Uncle Archie Roach, Uncle Jack Charles, Alice Skye, Uncle Kutcha Edwards, Allara and more. Filmed 26 January 2021 Listen and watch here.

Please share this invitation to Reflect. Respect. Celebrate. the stories of this ancient land and its Peoples, beginning tens of thousands of years ago and continuing every day.

Share the spirit

Share the Spirit

26 January 2022

Share the Spirit, presented by Songlines, returns with a stellar line-up of First Nations artists including Christine Anu, Dan Sultan and Uncle Kutcha Edwards. Come one, come all, to celebrate the survival of First Nations people in Australia.

Click here to learn more.