Reconciliation Week 2021

Acknowledgement of Country

For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have cared for country.

In this place, the peoples of the Kulin nation sustained healthy communities and wisely managed the resources of these lands by the bay.

We pay respect to the Elders, past and present, and welcome the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as we shape a future in which all thrive.

Council’s commitment to Reconciliation

Council’s vision for reconciliation is one in which the broader community is positively engaged with and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and peoples. Council envisages a community that celebrates the value and diversity of our First Nations and one in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples feel a sense of pride and belonging.

Council acknowledges that Reconciliation is an ongoing practical process that requires trust, mutual respect and a commitment to build understanding and recognition.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 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.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

National Reconciliation Week 2021 Theme

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.


Reconciliation Action Plan 

Council has renewed its commitment to progressing reconciliation in Hobsons Bay by adopting its first Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-21(PDF, 4MB).

This follows Council, In July 2011, adopting a Reconciliation Policy(PDF, 51KB), which acts as a framework for ongoing activities.

For more information on the first people of Hobsons Bay, download the Yalukit Wilum book(PDF, 5MB) or visit the First People of Hobsons Bay page.

Council also:

  • acknowledges the people of Yalukit Wilum of the Boon Wurrung Country that makes up the Greater Kulin Nation, traditional owners of lands currently within Hobsons Bay City Council boundary areas, at official Hobsons Bay City Council functions
  • flies the Aboriginal flag all year around and the Torres Strait Islander flags during NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week
  • facilitates a relationship with Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council, Queensland
  • manages arts and culture activities that promote indigenous culture


Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation. We recognise the First People’s relationship to this land and offer our respect to their elders, past and present.


Getup Outwest

Getup Outwest is a community organisation through which local people can participate in genuine reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous people. Following the Prime Minister's apology in February 2008, Getup Outwest has committed to:

  • raising awareness of Hobsons Bay residents to Aboriginal history and culture particularly that of the first peoples of Hobsons Bay
  • supporting Aboriginal people as we close the gap in health and education opportunities across Australia

If you would like to be involved, Getup Outwest meets locally in Hobsons Bay, works across a range of activities and events, and can be contacted by email:


Yarrabah Shire Council

In 2003 the Towards Reconciliation Working Group initiated a friendship with Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council with the aim of enhancing learning and understanding of each other's cultures.

In December 2006 the two councils formally established this friendship and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote understanding and links between the two communities. The MOU was renewed in October 2012.

The alliance focuses on education, arts and culture, infrastructure, environment, business and reconciliation.

Yarrabah Shire is an independent Aboriginal community situated in north Queensland approximately 7km from Cairns. The area has a population of around 4000 people.

You can find more information at Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Friendship Alliance.


Special events

For more information about NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation events, go to the Aboriginal Culture page or the events calendar


Racism - It stops with me

Council has signed an agreement with the Australian Human Rights Commission in support of the National Anti-Racism Campaign.

The campaign forms part of a federal government strategy aimed at addressing racism experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The campaign: RACISM. IT STOPS WITH ME will be supported through Council activities over the next three years.

Racism - It stops with me - Human Rights website


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