Statewide Reconciliation Forums

Reconciliation Victoria organises three statewide reconciliation forums each year. These are open to anyone who has an interest in progressing meaningful reconciliation in Victoria - all welcome!

We try to vary the themes, locations and speakers for each forum, with one residential forum in a regional location each year, plus two one-day forums in a metro Melbourne location. One of these metro Melbourne forums is combined with our Annual General Meeting.

Upcoming Forum:

October 26, 2019 - Annual General Meeting and Reconciliation Forum

Date: Saturday October 26, 2019
Time: 12.30pm - 4.15pm
Venue: Edinburgh Gardens Community Room, near W.T. Peterson Oval, Edinburgh Gardens, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North

Book your tickets here now!

Forum Overview

Victoria has a long history of strong activism from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people fighting for their rights; with several recent developments around Treaty, Statement of the Heart and Self-Determination in Victoria. Join us to unpack what these developments mean in the midst of ongoing injustice, what this means for reconciliation work in Victoria, how we define reconciliation and create systemic change.

This event will feature a Welcome to Country, live entertainment from Wurundjeri woman Chenile Chandler, and a panel discussion (with time for Q&A) featuring speakers with a range of views on the forum theme.

Reconciliation Victoria and ANTaR Victoria will also hold their respective AGMs. Lunch and afternoon tea provided. A full program of the day is available for download here.

This is a free event but reserve your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available here.

Panel Speakers:

Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander who was born and raised on Larrakia Land in Darwin. He was a wharfie for sixteen years before becoming an official of his union.

In 2017 he attended the Darwin Regional Constitutional Dialogue, where he was elected to represent the region at the Uluru National Constitutional Convention.

Since the overwhelming endorsement of the Uluru Statement at Uluru, Thomas has tirelessly advocated for the proposals in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and is the author of ‘Finding the Heart of the Nation – the journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth’, published by Hardie Grant. His book tells his story, the story of the Uluru Statement, and features some of the remarkable Indigenous people that he met on his campaigning journey.


We’re excited to announce proud, young Wurundjeri woman Chenile Chandler will be performing at our upcoming AGM and Forum. As Aunty Joy Murphy’s granddaughter, Chenile has been immersed in her culture from a very young age and has started writing new music in Woiwurrung language with a modern twist.

Chenile has performed traditional song and dance at large scale events including the AFL Grand Final and Dreamtime matches, the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

We can’t wait to welcome Chenile to our event

Watch this space as further speakers are announced!

Past Forums:

August 2019 - Reconciliation Forum and Tour on Wadawurrung Country

This year’s tour and forum will took place on Wadawurrung Country (Geelong/Surfcoast area) across the weekend of 17 - 18 August.

Our annual regional tours and forums give us the chance to meet, catch up with and learn from others working at a grassroots level across Victoria to promote reconciliation. They also give us an invaluable opportunity to get to know a different part of Victoria from the perspective of a Traditional Owner.

This year, we had the absolute privilege of being shown some of the significant cultural sites of Wadawurrung country by Traditional Owner Corrina Eccles. The oral history she shared as well as her own personal insights and experiences with ongoing efforts to increase recognition of local sites were eye-opening and humbling. She brought the local history alive for us all and showed how it was still very much relevant today by sharing her thoughts on the current Treaty process.

The event sold out yet again, a great sign that there is a real desire and hunger to learn more about our Aboriginal past. Special thanks to Corrina and also to the Geelong One Fire reconciliation group - not only did they help plan the weekend, they also put on a fantastic barbecue dinner at the end of a long day.

The conversations continued at the forum the following morning, and we look forward to more discussion at the AGM in October.

Find out more about previous statewide reconciliation forums.