Our commitment to Brimbank’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
On 26 February 2008, Brimbank adopted the full motion passed by the Federal Government on 13 February 2008 in saying sorry to the Stolen Generations on behalf of the Australian Parliament and people.
Reconciliation Statement of Commitment
Council endorsed a Reconciliation Statement of Commitment on 17 April 2012 and extended the Federal Government’s apology to the Stolen Generations on behalf of our residents.
It was signed by Council Administrators (Peter Lewinsky, Meredith Sussex, and Joanne Anderson) and Wurundjeri Elders (Aunty Dianne Kerr, Uncle Perry Wandin, and Aunty Alice Kolasa) at a civic ceremony on 29 May 2012.
Reconciliation Action Plan
We adopted our first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2013 as a framework to support the national reconciliation movement, embrace unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians.
The second Reconciliation Action Plan was adopted in July 2019. It builds on the strengths and achievements of the first Reconciliation Action Plan 2013-2017.
This was developed with the Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee, Traditional Owners groups and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee
We've established a Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee to provide Council with input relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and advice on development and ongoing implementation of Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
The Committee also:
- Provides guidance on cultural and arts programs and events, including Sorry Day, Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week events
- Ensures Council activities are consistent with the cultural requirements of the community
- Provides advice to Council in relation to its communication, engagement and consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Brimbank public art collection
Council enhances its public spaces with a diversity of contemporary art forms which encourages reflection on unique heritage such as Aboriginal history, culture and the Peoples, our neighbourhoods and aspirations of our communities.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander significant dates
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have significant events associated with their history and culture. They are:
- 26 January: Survival Day
- 13 February: National Apology to the Stolen Generation Anniversary Day
- 19 March: National Close the Gap Day
- 26 May: National Sorry Day
- 27 May-3 June: National Reconciliation Week
- 3 June: MABO Day (read the Mabo v Queensland (No 2), High Court of Australia case)
- July: NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee)
- 4 August: National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
- 9 August: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.