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REAFFIRM COUNCIL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO ABORIGINAL RECONCILIATION
 
 

ACHIEVEMENT: The City of Melbourne has reaffirmed and acted on its Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians.

TARGET DATE: June 2002, with an understanding this is an ongoing commitment. PROGRESS: Achieved.

DESCRIPTION: The City of Melbourne reaffirmed its Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians at the 6 August 2002 Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee.

Melbourne City Council unanimously reaffirmed is Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians on 6 August 2002.

Progress on carrying out in the obligations arising from Melbourne City Council's Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australian are detailed in the attached document: Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians Action Plan.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND RECOGNITION

· The Council of the City of Melbourne acknowledges that indigenous Australians were the first people of this land and have strived to retain their culture and identity through the period of non-indigenous settlement, for more than two centuries.
· The Council of the City of Melbourne acknowledges and respects the customs and traditions of indigenous Australians and their special relationship with the land.
· The Council of the City of Melbourne acknowledges the right of indigenous Australians to live according to their own values and customs, subject to Australian law.
· The Council recognises the valuable contribution to Victoria made by Koorie people and will work towards a future of mutual respect and harmony.
· The Council recognises the value of the diversity and strength of indigenous cultures to the heritage of all Australians.
· The Council of the City of Melbourne recognises that family life is the core of Aboriginal community life and that these family relationships, linkages and obligations involve particular sets of social and cultural obligations.

Council Advocates in Conjunction with the Koorie Community:
· The ideal of reconciliation with indigenous Australians in the context of redressing their serious social and economic disadvantage;
· Indigenous and non-indigenous people working together for a treaty or other instrument of reconciliation;
· A commitment to the elimination of racism or discrimination ensuring the right of all our community to enjoy equal rights and be treated with equal respect;
· Recognition and protection of and respect for Koorie sacred sites and special places;
· The education of the broader community about Aboriginal heritage and culture and the impact upon it of non-indigenous settlement of this country; and
· Advocacy on behalf of indigenous members of our community to ensure the principles and commitments of this statement are upheld.

In consultation with the local Koorie community, the Council will:
· Promote and present Koorie cultural heritage, in a way that is sympathetic and responsive to the outcomes desired by the Koorie Community;
· Identify and protect sites of Koorie cultural significance within Melbourne City through the Melbourne Planning Scheme.

· Encourage applications from Koorie businesses for assistance in the establishment or growth of enterprises within Melbourne City, acknowledging the guidelines of the Small Business Development Fund;

· Consider Koorie naming of appropriate places within Melbourne City;
· Provide Koorie Cultural heritage and business information through its information distribution channels;
· Adopt a Koorie ceremony of welcome as an integral part of the City’s formal ceremonial welcome on appropriate civic occasions;
· Highlight on the “Welcome to Melbourne” signage at the main entrances to the City, the traditional Koorie identity of the land on which the City of Melbourne is located;
· Invite participation of and consultation with local Koorie representatives, in the formal processes of local governance, through such avenues as the Aboriginal Consultative Group;
· Educate its own employees about the City of Melbourne Reconciliation Program;
· Investigate the prospect of Aboriginal participation in the Graduate and School Leaver Schemes;
· Ensure regular reporting, program evaluation and an annual update and reaffirmation of the commitment to these initiatives; and
· Seek advice and take effective action on issues of social and community concern, where they lie within the sphere of interest and responsibility of local government.

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