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The Maggolee website, developed by Reconciliation Victoria, supports engagement and partnerships between local government and Aboriginal communities.

why is this important?

‘Champions of Change’ denotes the people in our shared history who have led significant work in the fight for truth-telling, justice, and self-determination for First Peoples. It is vital that councils work to redress the lack of representation of First Peoples histories, cultures, and perspectives across their municipality. Councils can do this by acknowledging and promoting First Peoples who have led significant change in their municipality, both from local Traditional Owner Groups and Traditional Owners from across Victoria.
Colonisation caused the displacement and forced removal of many First Peoples from their Traditional Country. Therefore it is appropriate to acknowledge Champions of Change in both the areas they are from and the areas where they led significant change.

Recommended Strategies

  • Acknowledge, promote, and support the work being done by community members to further Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples rights to truth-telling, justice, and self-determination.
  • Recognise past and present Champions of Change. For example, Glen Eira City Council’s ‘Parbin-ata Louisa Briggs’ Award recognises the life and legacy of Parbin-ata Louisa Briggs, and also recognises the recipients of the award who have made significant contributions to reconciliation.
  • In consultation with Traditional Owners, develop public spaces, statues, and artworks that acknowledge Champions of Change in the municipality and share their stories.
  • Develop truthful narratives of local history and people, pre and post colonial, that are available through council and/or accessible in council spaces. Invite First Peoples community members to be a part of this process and to share their knowledges and stories in the development of these accounts of local history.
  • Conduct audits of educational resources available in council spaces, and ensure council facilities have resources available that promote local champions of change (e.g. children’s books in libraries).

Watch The Leader Tapes episodes here

Case Studies

The Leader Tapes is a series of interviews featuring prominent leaders in the Victorian Aboriginal community, produced by Victorian Aboriginal News. Victorian Aboriginal News hopes to produce a series where emerging leaders can learn from those leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to leading community and achieving in areas such as self-determination, truth-telling, education, treaty and community strength.

The first episode in The Leader Tapes series features Uncle Bill Nicholson, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung. Uncle Bill Nicholson is recognised for his passion for educating Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people about the history and culture of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung peoples. He also became the youngest Elder in recorded history of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People, at age 35. In this episode Uncle Bill shares his passion for education, speaks about his style of leadership and provides insightful advice for other young leaders.

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