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Reconciliation

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.

Naidoc Week 2019

NAIDOC Week runs from 7 - 14 July 2019, a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and knowledge.

Indigenous Art Exhibition 5 - 28 July 2019

Celebrations will commence from 5 July with the opening of the Indigenous Art Exhibition, an event hosted by the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group. Details can be found in this invitation.

NAIDOC Week Celebrations Live Music and Film 6 - 13 July 2019

The Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, in collaboration with the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group, will be showcasing a range of indigenous films and music.

Naidoc Week events 2019

Bass Coast Reconciliation Network

We're proud to be one of four auspicing bodies of the Bass Coast Reconciliation Network (BCRN), along with Bass Coast Health, Westernport Water and Phillip Island Nature Parks. Working together with the Bunurong Land Council, 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

Current Projects

The BCRN is proud to have supported the development of Bass Coast's first Welcome to Country video.

The BCRN is excited to announce the commissioning of 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 on May 28 as part of National Reconciliation Week 2019 and will be used to further promote recognition and reconciliation across Bass Coast.

Introducing the Annual Bass Coast NAIDOC Awards

NAIDOC Week Awards flyer

The Bass BCRN is launching the annual Bass Coast NAIDOC Awards to recognise the outstanding contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and highlight the contribution they have shown in the their life, community or chosen field. These Awards celebrate excellence, build towards a better future and remind us of this nation's 65,000 year old history. The Awards will be announced in NAIDOC Week 2020 in three categories:

  • Ruby Gates Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Community Contribution
  • Chosen Field Contribution

You can check out the NAIDOC Week Awards flyer for more information. Email reconciliation@penguins.org.au to register your interest in the Awards.