Acknowledgement of Country
Council is proud to acknowledge the people of the Bunurong as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and waters. We recognise the unique diversity of the First Peoples here in Bass Coast. We are committed to an ongoing process of reconciliation and Community strengthening through building strong organisational and community relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
The Bass Coast Reconciliation Network (BCRN) is proud to have supported the development of Bass Coast's first Welcome to Country video.
Upcoming Activities, Events and Projects
NAIDOC Art Exhibition - starts Wednesday, 29 June 2022
The annual Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group NAIDOC Art Exhibition showcases local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
You can see the exhibition at the Wonthaggi ArtSpace from 29 June to 14 August, from 11.00am-3.00pm.
The official opening of the Exhibition is on Sunday, 3 July from 1.00pm-3.00pm
You will need to register to attend for RSVP and catering at www.trybooking.com/CAEVM
The Exhibition opening will begin with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by the Bunurong, artists guest speakers and the visual arts exhibition open for viewing, meet the artists and sales.
You can also see the virtual exhibition by visiting: www.naidoc-art.com.au.
Walk Together for Reconciliation - Friday 15 July 2022
After an initial postponement due to unsuitable weather, The Walk for Reconciliation has been rescheduled for Friday 15th July as part of the NAIDOC celebrations. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving re conciliation in Australia.
Join with us, and the BCRN, on Friday, 15 July from 11.00am to 2.00pm as we celebrate with an event that will include a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony and a walk across the bridge from San Remo to Newhaven. There will be speeches, music and bbq provided.
Reconciliation Action Plan
We are committed to our journey towards reconciliation and to building strong and meaningful relationships with the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work. In recognition of this, we are working towards the development of our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), in collaboration with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and Reconciliation Australia.
In early 2020, Council in partnership with Bass Coast Health engaged Aunty Dr Doseena Fergie to the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Strategic Advisor working across BCSC and BCH.
Aunty Doseena will provide strategic advice to develop and support a vision and actions for reconciliation.
The vision will incorporate the principles of healing, education, empowerment and collaboration so as to provide a culturally appropriate and safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in the Bass Coast Shire.
Bass Coast Reconciliation Network
We're proud to be one of four leading Bass Coast organisations, who make upthe Bass Coast Reconciliation Network (BCRN), along with Bass Coast Health, Westernport Water and Phillip Island Nature Parks. Working together with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Traditional Owner Organisations, local members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, and the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group.
The BCRN was established in 2019 and seeks to create a shared future of recognition, opportunity and true partnerships with Traditional Owners and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. We are an action based group committed to:
- sharing time, resources and knowledge
- being a conduit for organisational and community networking
- building organisational and community knowledge and understanding of reconciliation
- driving positive social change
- presenting a united 'organisational' approach to reconciliation
The BCRN commissioned indigenous artworks from four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists - Patrice Mahoney, Adam Magennis, Safina Stewart and her daughter Arieta Fergie. The artworks were launched in 2019 as part of National Reconciliation Week 2019 and has been used to further promote recognition and reconciliation across Bass Coast.