What we have done

City of Melbourne recognises the importance of truth-telling to further our shared understanding of the past and its impacts today. In our previous Reconciliation Action Plan we added Truth-telling as a pillar. Whilst not a standard pillar in the Reconciliation Australia’s framework, it aligns with broader activity in Victoria including the Yoorrook Justice Commission.

Under this pillar we supported activities to facilitate learning, healing, and change within the City of Melbourne and externally, for example:

  • Holding public truth-telling talks and discussions to enable a greater understanding of Aboriginal peoples’ experiences (past and present), and
  • Hosting activities to acknowledge National Sorry Day.

We also began the Stolen Generations Marker Project. Guided by a working group, including Stolen Generations survivors, their descendants, Traditional Owners and other relevant community representatives, we are creating a marker to acknowledge and pay tribute to the Stolen Generations.

The marker will be a permanent place with a significant artwork that reflects the resilience of the Stolen Generations and their families, acknowledges the injustices of the past, and provides future opportunities to move along the path to reconciliation together.

What's next?

Reconciliation Australia recognises the importance of truth-telling. In a recent report Reconciliation Australia and Deakin University found that:

  • Local and experiential truth-telling initiatives are important.
  • There are rich and diverse stories to be told.
  • There is a need to support First Nations leadership of truth-telling.
  • Community truth-telling initiatives are an increasingly important source of education for non-Indigenous communities and help shape the national narrative.

Header photo:
Antoinette Braybrook, CEO of Djirra and 2022 Melbournian of the Year delivering The Oration, 2023.
Photographer: Jacinta Keefe photography

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Reconciliation Action Plan (2024-2027)