Land, sky and waters

A sunset viewed between gum trees across a multi tiered mountain landscape from Bulla Bulla (Mt Buller) - Taungurung Country
Bulla Bulla (Mt Buller) - Taungurung Country
A thin silver waterfall falling off gigantic cliffs and into the ocean at the Great Ocean Rd - Eastern Maar and Wadawurrung Country
Great Ocean Rd - Eastern Maar and Wadawurrung Country
A small multi cascade waterfall surrounded by lush green fern trees and forest at Cora Lynn cascades, Cape Otway - Gadubanud and Bunurong Country
Cora Lynn cascades, Cape Otway - Gadubanud and Bunurong Country
3 pillars of orange rocks towering out of the ocean at Millowl (Phillip Island) - Bunurong Country
Millowl (Phillip Island) - Bunurong Country
A sunrise with Bulla Bulla (Mt Buller) silhouetted by the sun and gum trees on Taungurung Country
Bulla Bulla (Mt Buller) - Taungurung Country
Giant orange and grey cliffs at Gunigalg, Gariwerd (Grampians) - Djab Wurrung and Jardwardjal Country
Gunigalg, Gariwerd (Grampians) - Djab Wurrung and Jardwardjal Country
Looking down on clouds hanging low over a valley full of lush green bushes at Gariwerd (Grampians) - Djab Wurrung and Jardwardjal Country.
Gariwerd (Grampians) - Djab Wurrung and Jardwardjal Country

Why are Land, sky and waters important?

The Yoorrook Justice Commission is looking into land, sky and waters as part of the truth telling process in Victoria.

First Peoples have been caring for country for thousands of generations. The history of Europeans coming to Victoria 200 years ago and taking First Peoples’ land is one of wrongdoing and devastating loss.

But it is also a story First Peoples’ resistance, survival and ongoing connection to country.

On this page are some of the responses Yoorrook has received as part of its inquiry. If you want to contribute, please make a submission to the Yoorrook Justice Commission.

This submission is an artwork made by a person with family connections to the Gunditjmara nation. It reflects treasured childhood memories. The submission also covers the ongoing challenges and injustices faced by First Peoples.
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Land, sky and waters

News, Stories and Videos

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News & Stories
23 January 2024

The Story of the Day of Mourning on January 26

On January 26 1938, First Peoples activists held the nation’s first Day of Mourning to coincide with the 150th anniversary celebrations of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove.
Cape Conran beach, the ocean is blue on the right surrounded by a rocky-sandy beach with that leads into a lush green forest
Videos
10 January 2024

Cultural heritage at Cape Conran

Watch Sam Pender and Commissioner Travis Lovett talk about the significance of Cape Conran and the impact of ignoring cultural heritage.

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