Track 5: CANADA 150 – INDIGENOUS HERITAGE, DIVERSITY, and NEW DIRECTIONS / Volet 5: Canada 150 – Patrimoine autochtone, diversité et nouvelles orientations

Indigenous Reconciliation Planning in Victoria, Australia

Saturday, October 14
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Since 2014 the National Trust in Victoria have adopted a Reconciliation Action Plan. This process has forged a pathway to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all aspects of our thinking, planning, interpretation and approach to heritage and interpretation. Some major initiatives have included returning ownership of the Ebenezer Mission back to the Barengi Gadjin Land Council, appointing an indigenous Board member and Aboriginal Advisory Committee, partnering with Aboriginal heritage councils and community groups, undertaking cultural heritage surveys of our sites and running Cultural Awareness training. Consultation, inclusion, connection and awareness now inform all our activities.

Learning Objectives:

Martin Green

Cultural Engagement Manger
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Martin Green is the Cultural Engagement manager for the National Trust of Victoria. He is responsible for the National Trust’s interpretation, collections, exhibitions, learning programs and web presence for 23 heritage sites located in Victoria, Australia. Martin has a background in television production and previously worked developing digital technology for education and interpretation at Melbourne Museum and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. At the National Trust in Melbourne he has worked on a new museum at the Polly Woodside Tall Ship, Old Melbourne Gaol Court Room Drama projects and the reinterpretation of Rippon Lea mansion as well as working with artists to deliver contemporary exhibitions at heritage sites.


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Tom Urbaniak, PhD

Tom Urbaniak, PhD, is the past chair of the National Trust for Canada’s board of governors. He has championed the Trust’s role as a high-profile, accessible, engaging organization, which links heritage to social justice, sustainability, reconciliation with Indigenous nations, and cultural diversity. He is a political scientist at Cape Breton University and also teaches in CBU's MBA program in Community Economic Development. Tom is the director of CBU’s Tompkins Institute. He is the author of four books, including Action, Accommodation, Accountability: Rules of Order for Canadian Organizations and Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga. He recently co-edited the book Company Houses, Company Towns: Heritage and Conservation, working with authors from across the country. Tom has spearheaded demonstration projects in affordable housing using vacant historic properties, helping to set up a revolving fund and the Affordable Housing Renovation Partnership. Tom serves on the board of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. He is active in Nova Scotia's Polish community, and chairs the parish council of St. Mary’s Polish Church in the multicultural community of Whitney Pier, where he resides. He has been working with the community to rebuild the historic church following a devastating fire. Tom has served as a Canadian election observer in Ukraine. He is a past board member for Centre communautaire Etoile de l'Acadie.


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