'We will not be well until this is done'
In 2014 the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council talked to the community about the importance of returning Ancestors to Country and their protection on Country.
Aunty Eleanor A Bourke articulated that Council’s work in this area was based on the fundamental understanding that the wellbeing of Aboriginal People was intrinsically linked to the return of their Old People.
Now, as then, the capacity for communities to grieve and heal through repatriation of Ancestors is essential to Aboriginal Peoples’ wellbeing and Cultural strength.
Due to the implementation of COVID-19 restrictions at the start of 2020, Council cancelled the documentary's Premiere and Community Launch. The film was briefly available through Council’s website but was taken down from public view whilst community members were isolated and the broader support networks that the community need to consider the film were limited.
Now, in 2021, Council will launch this landmark, 28 minute documentary film.
'Our People were dug up… we want them back'
The documentary is a call to action to support Traditional Owners in the repatriation of their Ancestors. In the film, Uncle Jim Berg asks the broad Victorian community to help Aboriginal People in this process.
For Council, Traditional Owners and all Victorians, Returning our Ancestors is a landmark film in promoting awareness, engendering respect and calling for action to return and protect Ancestors.
Who participated in filming?
The Council is profoundly appreciative of all who supported the development of the film, particularly those people who were interviewed.