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In looking to the future, we also look back to the past to understand and respect the history, culture and heritage that informs both who we are and where we have come from. 

Council is proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people, the original custodians of this land and their rich cultural heritage and spiritual connection to the land. 

We also recognise and respect the unique diversity of the Indigenous community in Yarra Ranges, which is part of the world’s oldest living culture. 

We are committed to an ongoing process of reconciliation and Indigenous community strengthening through building strong organisational and community relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous sectors.

Vision for reconciliation

Council supports the rights of all Indigenous People as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Our vision is for a united community that recognises the special place and culture of Indigenous peoples as first Australians, values their participation and provides equal life chances for all. 

Council’s Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) defines reconciliation as moving forward toward a future of respect, caring and sharing with all cultures living in harmony.

Reconciliation in action

Council has developed a range of reconciliation initiatives. These include arts projects, events, strategies, action plans and policies. This work has been done in partnership with our Indigenous Advisory Committee. 

The IAC advises Council on issues that impact on Indigenous individuals, community, organisations or policy, and provides a platform for ongoing consultation. The IAC provides opportunities to improve access to culturally appropriate services by raising awareness of Indigenous issues, history and culture.

View Council's reconciliation framework and paper, and IAC terms of reference. 

Sharing Our Stories

This is a collaborative video between council, Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association and Eastern Regional Libraries. 

It tells the rich cultural story of the Aboriginal community in the Healesville area. 

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