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  1. Nillumbik Shire Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri as the traditional custodians of the land now known as the Shire  of Nillumbik and values the significance of the Wurundjeri people’s history as essential to the unique character of the Shire.
     

  2. Nillumbik Shire Council recognises that residents of the Shire include Indigenous people from clans other than the Wurundjeri, and that these people are disconnected from their own lands; in many instances this disconnection  continues to impact upon them.
     

  3. We wish for all residents to enjoy equal social, health and economic conditions with all Australians. 
     

  4. We recognise the distinctive and special spiritual and material relationship that Indigenous people have with the land and the water, including trees, rocks, hills and valleys, creeks, rivers and floodplains in the Shire of Nillumbik.
     

  5. We recognise and value the distinctive place of our Indigenous people in Australia’s identity; from their cultural heritage and care of the land, to their ongoing contributions in many fields including academia, agriculture, art, economics, law, sports and politics.
     

  6. We respect the spiritual relationship – both historical and living – between the land and its first peoples. It is therefore important that significant cultural heritage sites within the Shire of Nillumbik are identified and mapped.
     

  7. Nillumbik Shire Council acknowledges the ongoing impact of past policies and practices on Indigenous people, who in many instances continue to be disadvantaged by the effects of their displacement from their families, their land and traditional culture.
     

  8. We respect the Indigenous people’s right to live according to their own values and customs, subject to the law.
     

  9. Indigenous people have the right to share in all levels of decision-making on matters which affect them and their communities.
     

  10. We acknowledge the important ongoing role of the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group and other local groups and individuals, and support their continued role in reconciliation.
     

  11. Nillumbik Shire Council accepts its responsibility in ensuring these principles are adhered to and acted upon, and commits to facilitating and participating in programs and activities that confirm and display our commitment to Reconciliation and Indigenous issues.
     

  12. We commit to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), consulting with Wurundjeri Elders, the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group and other stakeholders.

The Nillumbik Reconciliation Charter

 

MICK WOIWOD - Historian and Author

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