Cultural events and places
We recognise key Aboriginal events to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and improve understanding and awareness of Aboriginal needs. We also celebrate cultural places of significance at a number of locations across the City.
We host Aboriginal key events such as Sorry Day, NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week which are all aligned to the national calendar of Aboriginal events. We also celebrate a local event, Wurundjeri Week, which recognises the Traditional Owners of Darebin the Wurundjeri people. Wurundjeri Week is a relatively new celebration and is aligned to the local Melbourne Aboriginal schedule of events.
Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through specific festivals contribute to our commitment to improve understanding and awareness of Aboriginal needs, both for staff and for the community. It contributes specifically to the understanding that issues of importance to the Aboriginal community, including culture and heritage are to be respected recognised and commemorated. It also provides non-indigenous people an opportunity to participate in indigenous activities.
Aboriginal Art collection
Council's Darebin Art Collection features an exciting collection of artwork from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in Darebin.
The Aboriginal Art Collection catalogue features a selection of the many powerful Aboriginal artworks held in the Darebin Art Collection.
Go to the Darebin Arts website to view the collection.
Spiritual Healing Trail at Darebin Parklands
The spiritual healing Trail is located at the Darebin Parklands in Alphington. The trail was a gift from the Aboriginal community as a gesture of Reconciliation. The Spiritual Healing trail aims to promote good health and wellbeing by providing a sense of connection to the land. The trail was established by Aboriginal Elder, the late Uncle Reg Blow in partnership with us. See Spiritual Healing Trail Map.
Stolen Generation Marker
The Stolen Generation Marker is a project initiated by the Aboriginal Advisory Committee. It gives recognition to members of the Aboriginal community whose lives have been affected by the assimilationist policies of previous governments when Aboriginal children were taken away from their families and fostered to White Australian families. The impact of such policies has been devastating and still felt down the generations of today. The importance of this Marker is very significant and was launched on Sorry Day 2015.
National Sorry Day 26 May
National Sorry Day is an annual ceremonial event that is held in Australia on 26 May and coincides with the launch of the 1997 ‘Bringing them Home’ report. This date has great significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed under the assimilation policies of past Governments. Sorry Day is about commemorating and raising awareness among politicians, policy makers, and the wider public about the significance of the effect upon those forcibly removed under those policies by past Government and marks their impact that this policy has had on those children that were taken from their families across Australian Aboriginal communities.
National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
National Reconciliation Week is 27 May – 3 June
2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.
This year’s theme, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
It calls on non-Aboriginal people to always privilege and amplify First Nations’ voices in the call for reconciliation and justice. It encourages us to take concrete actions to progress reconciliation and justice for all First Nations peoples.
Watch Reconciliation Australia’s video to learn more about the theme.
National Reconciliation Week #NRW2021 reminds us that we all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Local activities to engage our community
Community event: Moving Beyond Words: How to Be a Better Ally to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People is an interactive panel discussion and audience Q&A on Thursday 27 May at Bridge Darebin Community Hall, Thornbury. Tickets are now sold out, but the event will be broadcast live on 3KND. This event is presented by Bridge Darebin with support from Darebin Council.
Darebin Libraries have produced a list of reading ideas on the topic of reconciliation, using resources from their catalogue.
NAIDOC First week of July
National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) is a week of celebration of Aboriginal culture and acknowledgement of the contributions that indigenous Australians bring to the socio-cultural and economic development of Australia. It brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to participate and celebrate in the history, heritage, traditions, knowledge and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Wurundjeri Week 4 - 8 August
Wurundjeri Week is an acknowledgement and celebration of the traditional Aboriginal land owners of Melbourne including the greater Melbourne region which includes the Darebin region. The traditional owners of the land are the Wurundjeri people and we have an ongoing commitment and agreement as outlined in our Statement Of Commitment (1998) to preserving this rich cultural heritage and its ongoing traditions by enriching the knowledge of all Darebin residence with a cultural emersion of local history and ongoing cultural events of Wurundjeri peoples.