National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), is for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It's a time to explore how we can all contribute to achieving reconciliation.

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Our vision for reconciliation is a unified, respectful and thriving community that embraces Australia's First Peoples for their experiences of the past, their resilience in the present and their aspirations for the future.

Each year we explore themes of reconciliation through a week of insightful free events.

National Sorry Day

Join us as we come together as a community to honour the journey towards healing and reconciliation on this significant day of remembrance and reflection.

Immerse yourself in an evening of cultural celebration, featuring an interactive performance by Djirri Djirri Dancers and engage in arts and crafts activities. The evening includes a Smoking Ceremony, followed by a Welcome to Country and an address from the Mayor.

Additionally, explore the Gallery to experience the Confined 15 exhibition, showcasing over 400 artworks by more than 380 First Nations artists.

Date and time: Sunday 26 May 24, 3pm–5pm
Location: Glen Eira City Council — Auditorium, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
Free, bookings required

Smoking Ceremony National Reconciliation Week 2023
National Reconciliation Week 2023

Confined 15 exhibition: Floor talk

Learn more about The Torch and the themes explored in the exhibition with The Torch Creative Director, Kent Morris, and an artist from The Torch.

Date and time: Thursday 30 May, 1pm
Location:Glen Eira City Council Gallery, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
Cost: Free, no bookings required

Confined 15 exhibition: Live painting

Attend a live painting session where you can witness the artistic process unfold in real time.
Date and times: Saturday 1 June, 1pm–4pm and Sunday 2 June, 1pm–4pm
Location: Glen Eira City Council Gallery, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
Cost: Free, no bookings required

Now more than ever - National Reconciliation Week 2024 - Monday 27 May to Monday 3 June - Explore Glen Eira's free program

Native Flora and Fauna tours with Cassie Fisher-Patterson

Kulin Nation bushtukka woman Cassie Fisher-Patterson will host these tours and share her extensive knowledge of traditional and medicinal uses of native plants and how to identify edible native plants.

Date and times: Saturday 1 June, 10.30am–11.15am, 11.30am–12.15pm, 12.30pm–1.15pm and 1.30pm–2.15pm
Location: Mallanbool Reserve, Leila Road, Murrumbeena
Free, bookings required

StoryTime takeover: Mr Beaky

Join us in the library for a special StoryTime.

We are honored to host Taungurung artist and author Cassie Fisher-Patterson, who will enchant us with a special reading of her book, An Important Message from Mr Beaky. If we are lucky, Mr Beaky might even Zoom in for a chat all the way from Taungurung Country.

Followed by a Mr Beaky inspired craft session.

Suitable for ages 3 and up.

Date and time: Sunday 2 June, 2pm
Location: Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub, 161 Jasper Road, Bentleigh
Cost: Free, no bookings required

An important message from Mr Beaky, Cassie Leatham and Sue Lawson