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National Reconciliation Week  National Reconciliation Week 2023. Be a voice for generations

National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June) 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 reconciliation in Australia.

This year's theme is "Be a voice for generations", and it encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives.

To read more about how we're celebrating and supporting our First Nations Community, click here.



Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country

To mark National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June), Bendigo Library is honoured to be welcomed back to Country by Elders of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. This ceremony will breathe life into our commitment to a better Bendigo, as we work with those of all cultural traditions to build a city based on our shared values of respect and dignity.

To be followed by the the winning short film for this year's Koorie Youth Flick Fest, the launch of The Central Victorian Indigenous Film Festival, and a screening of the 2009 film Bran Nue Dae.

People of the First Nations and members of the wider community are invited to participate.

No bookings required.

Saturday 27 May, from 10.30am
Bendigo Library

Smoking ceremony

Tyson Yunkaporta: Sand Talk

Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, an art critic, and a researcher who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. Tyson’s book Sand Talk provides a template for living. It’s about how lines, symbols and shapes can help us make sense of the world. It’s about how we learn and how we remember. It’s about talking to everybody and listening carefully. It’s about finding different ways to look at things.

Most of all, it’s about Indigenous thinking and how it can save the world. Join us via Zoom for what promises to be a thought-provoking discussion.

Borrow Sand Talk.

Tuesday 30 May, 6-7pm
Online via Zoom
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 How Indigenous thinking can save the world, TysonYunkaporta

Storywalk: Tarrengower and Lalgambook

Tarrengower and Lalmgambook is a retelling of a teaching about where two of our local mountains came from. Created by kids a the Meeting place.

Mid- May-Mid July
Gingell St, Castlemaine
(along Barkers Creek Trail)

Tarrengower and Lalgambook

Storywalk: An Important Message from Mr Beaky

Meet Mr Beaky! He has an important message about what it means to be an Aboriginal person on Australia. Created by Cassie Leatham and Sue Lawson.

Between Victoria and Edgecomb Streets, Kyneton
(Shared pathway next to Kyneton Primary School and Kindergarten)

An Important Message from Mr Beaky, Cassie Leatham and Sue Lawson