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In 2023, Surf Coast Shire Council partnered with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation to present the inaugural Pilk Purriyn truth-telling event at sunrise. Pilk Purriyn means "sunrise" in Wadawurrung language and this respectful, deep-listening event was embraced by the community with more than 2000 people attending.
Surf Coast Shire Council formally passed the motion to no longer take part in Australia Day celebrations and to fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags at half-mast on 26 January in September 2021.
The City of Stonnington hosts a Healing Ceremony in partnership with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Traditional Owners.
The first Healing Ceremony was held at Malvern Cricket Ground in 2022 and is now an annual event. The ceremony allows the community to learn what the day means to Traditional Custodians and supports Council's reconciliation journey.
On January 26, Moonee Valley City Council hosts their annual Bunjils Marroun Healing Ceremony as an opportunity for the Aboriginal community, Moonee Valley residents and visitors to come together to listen to Traditional Owner Elders and other Aboriginal voices as they reflect on the impacts of colonisation on their families and communities.
The City of Ballarat hosts an annual Survival Day Dawn Ceremony to commemorate First Peoples who fought in the frontier wars and those who died in widespread massacres across Australia during colonisation.
While it is a day of mourning, it is also a day where all Australians can come together to learn about and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people’s history and mark the survival of ongoing traditions and cultures.
The Koorie Engagement Action Group (KEAG), the advisory committee that provides the City of Ballarat with expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters is instrumental in the organisation of the Survival Day service.
On January 26, the City of Port Phillip hosts We-Akon Dilinja (Mourning Reflection) - a commemorative dawn service honouring the past and realising a new united vision from the perspective of First Nations performers and speakers.
The We-Akon Dilinja event has been held as part of City of Port Phillip's commemorations on Australia Day since 2021, and is presented in partnership with the Boonwurrung Land and Sea Council.
After a historic vote in 2017, Darebin City Council no longer participates in celebrations or ceremonies in the Darebin municipality on January 26th. In the first week of September, the Council now hosts a new, respectful, and culturally safe celebration, the Ngulu Ngajin Ganbu Gulin Festival.
This is an annual community event which recognises and celebrates First Nations peoples and the wider Darebin community. Co-designed with the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Traditional Owners, the event features a Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Welcome Ceremony and is an opportunity for raising community awareness and coming together as a proud, diverse and inclusive community for all. The inaugural event took place on 1 September 2019.
Watch the GanbuGulin (One Mob) documentary, which follows the lead up to this monumental decision.
Local Government 26 January Network (via Reconciliation Victoria)
26 January Position Statement | Reconciliation Victoria
26 January Protocols and Suggestions | Reconciliation Victoria
26 January Events | Maggolee
January 26 Local Government Case Studies | Maggolee Resource
Introduction to the Day of Mourning, Survival Day, Invasion Day | Reconciliation WA Guide
Rethinking January 26 | ANTaR
Annual Invasion Day March | Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance