Smoking ceremony at the Memo Hall

To look to the future, we also look back to the past. We look back to respect the history, culture and heritage that informs who we are and where we have come from.

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

We 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

We supports the rights of all Indigenous People. Our vision is for a united community that recognises the special place and culture of Indigenous peoples as first Australians.

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

Reconciliation in action

We have 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, communities and  organisations. The IAC also 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.

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.