The City of Greater Dandenong Reconciliation Week invites all communities to come together to learn about First Nations shared histories, cultures, and achievements for Reconciliation Week.
This year's theme, 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action', asks us each to take positive action towards uniting together. Come and join us on the day for a one day event of performances and workshops.
The full day program is open to the whole community but some afternoon workshops are specifically for First Nations families. The event and all workshops are free but bookings are essential.
- To book for the morning program please book the 11am - 1.30pm session.
- To book for individual workshop sessions, please click on the booking link for each individual section.
- To book for the First Nations Workshops please also book the 1.30pm - 3pm session.
This program is open to all and will be held outside on the lawn.
11am - 12.30pm
- Acknowledgement of Country (11am)
- Indigenous Outreach Projects Hip Hop workshop
- Face painting and children's activities
12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch and Music on the lawn
- Bo'Ness acoustic duo: Callum and Jackson McPartlane, proud Gunditimara boys
- Lunch on the lawn
Afternoon Program: 1.30pm - 3pm
Story telling and Q&A sessions
Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri women's dance group workshop
Karn Yarn art making workshop with Leah Horvath, proud Kuku Yalanji woman
First Nations Workshops for mums and bubs and Elders lounge in the Supper Room at Springvale Town Hall, next to the Springvale Community Hub.
These workshops are specifically open to First Nations families only.
Cultural and wellbeing workshops will be offered on the day alongside health and wellbeing yarns for First Nations peoples.
These workshops are supported by Indigenous Australians Health Program New Directions Mothers and Babies services.
- Possum-skin wristband workshop: Led by master cloak maker Vicki Couzens, Kerray Wooroong Gunditjmara artist
- Rope and jewellery making workshop
- Belly casting workshop
Libraries After Dark - Forever for the Peoples of the Kulin Nations (7.30pm - 9pm)
A special evening event where you can hear directly from cultural Leaders and Elders of the Kulin Nations on what sustainability looks like for Greater Dandenong’s First Peoples.
Beginning with an outdoor Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, participate in a Q and A session hosted in the new Springvale Community Hub. This is a great opportunity to hear how Peoples of the Kulin Nations have protected and connected to Country for thousands of years. To book and learn more about the Libraries event, please visit the event page here.
Registrations are required for this event. Select the 'Register now' button below.
This event will be delivered in person at the location listed below.
Participants will require the following
- Contact details (Name, email address, contact number) to check-in on the day
- Smartphone/smart device to scan QR Code (If you do not, there will be staff to check you in)
- Face mask (in case you are not able to social distance)
- Picnic mat or picnic chairs (optional)
All COVIDSafe guidelines will be fully met to ensure public safety on the day. All attendees will be checked in via QR code. We have trained marshalls in place to ensure social distancing. Any shared surfaces will be deep cleaned thoroughly throughout the event and there will be access to hand sanitiser at various locations on site. Please view the COVIDSafe checklist for this event below.