National Reconciliation Week 2024

Published on 15 May 2024

Smoking ceremony

It’s National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June. To support our community in learning more about our First Peoples, Council is presenting activities and artworks in partnership with Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, with support from Eastland and Your Library.

Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Kylie Spears, encouraged the Maroondah community to take part in the Reconciliation Week activities.

“National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn about Australia’s shared histories while celebrating our First Peoples, cultures and reconciliation achievements so far.

“I encourage everyone to take part and learn more about the everyday actions we can take to continue building a community that values First Peoples, histories, cultures and futures, so that, together, we can continue to strive towards achieving Reconciliation in Australia,” Cr Spears said.

Mullum Market

Council and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (MMIGP) are presenting a special Reconciliation Week event on Tuesday 28 May, supported by Eastland.

Join us in Ringwood Town Square at 11am for a Traditional Wurundjeri Welcome to Country, with a Smoking Ceremony and performances. This will be followed by the opening of a MMIGP Mullum Market, which will run until 4pm and offer a range of First Peoples arts, crafts, merchandise and delicious bush tucker for sale.

Your Library storytimes

Your Library will host special Indigenous themed storytime sessions and family craft sessions throughout the day at Realm Library.

Arts exhibitions and events

Grounding and Connecting: Indigenous trees and The Dreaming

Immerse yourself in a world of First Nations creativity and storytelling in Grounding and Connecting: Indigenous Trees and The Dreaming, a tribute to the profound bond between First Peoples and the earth.

Presented by MMIGP, this exhibition features newly commissioned works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and a photographic rendition of a recently commissioned mural by Thulli Mara. The exhibition will run in ArtSpace at Realm, Ringwood Town Square, until 5pm on Sunday 14 July.

Learn more about Grounding and Connecting.

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Jedda Rose, Grounded on the earth and soaring through the skies, 2023

Arise

Showing at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery until Sunday 14 July, Ariseis a group exhibition by First Peoples artists: Taylah Eid, Graham Patterson, Stacey Payten, Njarala Paton, Emma Salmon, and Garen Smith.

Resulting from a callout developed by Arts in Maroondah and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place in 2024, Arise showcases traditional and contemporary approaches to painting, weaving, video, sculpture and installation and reflects the creative energy of emerging First Peoples art practices now.

Learn more about Arise.

Njarala Paton, life on country, 2024, acrylic paint on stretched canvas
Njarala Paton, life on country, 2024, acrylic paint on stretched canvas (section)

Reconciliation Week Art Tour

Join us for a free 90-minute guided walking tour on Saturday 1 June with guest artists Thulli Mara (Woi-Wurrung, Boon Wurrung and Yuggera) and Stacey Payten (Wiradjuri) to celebrate First Peoples arts and culture in the Ringwood arts precinct during Reconciliation Week.

Enjoy an overview of current First Peoples exhibitions Grounding and Connecting at Realm and Arise at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, whilst taking in key public art works along the way.

Alongside exhibition artists Thulli Mara and Stacey Payton, the tour highlights a range of artists from emerging to established, working across traditional and contemporary approaches, locally and beyond. 

Learn more about Reconciliation Week Art Tour.

More about National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June each year and is timed to commemorate the 1967 Referendum and the High Court Mabo decision - two significant milestones in the Reconciliation journey.

The theme for 2024 is Now more than ever and it encourages all Australians to continue to strive for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For more information on National Reconciliation Week, visit Reconciliation Australia.

For more information on National Reconciliation Week activities in Maroondah, visit Reconciliation Week