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Reconciliation Week: We’re all in this together

The Victorian Multicultural Commission acknowledges First Nations People as the traditional owners of the land, and respects their continuous spiritual, cultural, material and economic connection to land, water and resources.

Wednesday 27 May 2020 12:49pm

The Victorian Multicultural Commission acknowledges First Nations People as the traditional owners of the land, and respects their continuous spiritual, cultural, material and economic connection to land, water and resources.

This week, we join Australians across the continent in recognising the significance of reconciliation and why we must all play a role in achieving an equitable and reconciled nation.

As an organisation with legislative objectives to support and promote diversity in Victoria, our work is centred around equality and respect for all peoples and cultures.

We recognise more than 60,000 years of diverse cultures and customs in this country and acknowledge Aboriginal Victorians as an integral and valued part of Victoria's past, present and future.

We acknowledge the immense suffering experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to past government policies and the ongoing impact of unresolved intergenerational trauma and discrimination.

We support and endorse Victoria’s journey to Treaty, its implementation and the work of the First Peoples Assembly of Victoria.

We acknowledge the long silence and commit to building our knowledge of their cultures and history. We commit to creating and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal Victorians that are based on truth and mutual respect.

We also commit to facilitating and supporting meaningful connections between Aboriginal Victorians and multicultural communities.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians, and achieving a fully equitable, just and reconciled nation will take our individual and collective actions.

We must build relationships and communities that recognise, respect and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures. Because we’re all in this together.

This week, as we begin our journey we commit to deep listening and learning together.

And we encourage all Victorians to join us.

Reviewed 23 June 2021

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