The City of Melbourne has committed to advancing its reconciliation journey with First Nations peoples, through the signing of an historic document.
At Tuesday’s Future Melbourne Committee meeting, Council endorsed the Declaration of Recognition and Commitment to ensure Aboriginal culture is central to Melbourne’s identity.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the Declaration will build on Council’s shared commitment for reconciliation across the organisation, and the wider community.
“We want to meaningfully engage with and build respect for Aboriginal heritage, culture and knowledge, and promote Aboriginal identity across the municipality,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This Declaration will further develop our relationship with the Traditional Owners as we plan, celebrate and invest in a shared future.”
The Declaration sets out Council’s role in supporting the progression of First Peoples, and will guide current and future Reconciliation Action Plans.
Aboriginal Melbourne portfolio deputy lead Councillor Dr Olivia Ball said the Declaration is a statement of recognition and commitment.
“We want an inclusive society based on truth, justice and reconciliation,” Cr Dr Ball said.
“This Declaration is a unilateral statement of intent and goodwill as we strive towards governing with sovereign First Nations.”
The Declaration is in line with Victoria’s Treaty process and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. It will be available for public viewing in the Melbourne Town Hall.