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Womin-dji-ka (Welcome)

Words, as respectful and honest as these ones are, can only express a small tribute to the awe, inspiration, empathy and empowerment we feel today for what they experienced to ensure our survival.

The pain, sadness, confusion and unjust hardships they endured and overcame are testament to the residual present day health and wellbeing of our Country and our people, their descendants.

What happened during colonisation and the following attempts at genocide challenged and tested our resilience and resistance to the degradation of our land, our culture and our people.

We are proud of and honoured by the innovative ways in which they upheld the integrity of our once silenced lifeways, traditions and belief systems.

In a time when their voice was not heard and their stories forbidden to be shared they persevered and now we have arrived to a new day where the opportunity exists to unveil storied untold.

The strength, and wisdom of our ancestors has enabled us to walk in their footsteps towards our own healing, and walk the path of healing our Country. For this we thank you, our Martiinga Kuli Murrup (Ancestral spirits).

Today we walk our Culture knowing that when we strive for the balance of Bunjil’s creations, for us and for the future generations, you walk with us.

Rebecca Phillips descendant of Caroline Malcolm


The Recognition and Settlement Agreement between the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the State of Victoria was celebrated at Yepenya on 15 November 2013. Signing this Agreement the Dja Dja Wurrung agreed to withdraw all Native Title claims in the federal Court and that this be a full and final settlement on this matter.

The Recognition Statement signed at the Ceremony, recognised the Dja Dja Wurrung as the Traditional Owners of Central Victoria and provides the context for what was negotiated in the Agreement.

It is a means by which Dja Dja Wurrung culture and traditional practices and the unique relationship of Dja Dja Wurrung People to their traditional Country are recognised, strengthened, protected and promoted, for the benefit of all Victorians, now and into the future.


Before European colonisation, the natural places within Dja Dja Wurrung Country were well known, had a name and song and were celebrated as part of our culture. We had an economy, we had a political system and we had the resources and the means to take care of our community.

Our plan for our Country reaffirms our aspirations and describing the future of our people, the Traditional Owners of Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

We recognise the importance of our cultural heritage – our significant places and landscapes, our stories and language, our customs and practices and our responsibilities for looking after Country.

Our Vision is for the health and wellbeing of our people to be strong, and underpinned by our living culture.

Our Vision is for our lands and waters to be in good condition and actively managed to protect our values and to promote the laws, culture and rights of all Dja Dja Wurrung People.

As this Country’s First People our vision includes being politically empowered with an established place in society, and being capable of managing our own affairs from a strong and diverse economic base.

In our Dhelkunya Dja Country Plan we describes the pathway our community has determined it needs to take to rebuild and prosper.

The Dja Dja Wurrung Community Goals for our
Country are framed around the following themes.