The Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square takes Koorie peoples, cultures and communities from the literal and figurative fringes of Melbourne to a place that is a central meeting and gathering place for all Victorians. Our presence at Federation Square is a bold statement and significant recognition of our shared history and the importance of Koorie peoples and communities as part of a broader 21st century community.
To live in a society where Aboriginal culture and history are a fundamental part of Victorian life.
To promote, support and celebrate the continuing journey of the Aboriginal people of South Eastern Australia.
“Gnokan Danna Murra Kor-ki / Give me your hand my friend”
The clasped black and white hands in our logo represents Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people joining in goodwill and cooperation. Our motto “Gnokan Danna Murra Kor-ki” groups two Koorie languages (Gundijtmara and Yorta Yorta) and means “Give me your hand my friend”. The logo represents the “bridging of the cultural gap” and reflects our belief that, through education and promotion, we can raise awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of Koorie culture and work towards the broader goal of reconciliation for all Australians.
We offer a range of programs and services including the only public collection in Victoria dedicated solely to Koorie art and culture comprising artefacts, pictures and photographs as well as an Oral History Program and a Reference Library; a cultural education service that includes guided walking tours, cultural competency training and programs developed specifically for schools and educators; an annual exhibition program with an emphasis on showcasing young and emerging Victorian Aboriginal art and artists; a Koorie Family History Service; and a retail shop dedicated exclusively to showcasing the uniqueness of Victorian Aboriginal art and design. We also have for hire meeting rooms with balcony access and views of the Yarra River and Federation Square.
We are endorsed as a deductible gift recipient and continue to receive generous funding support from bequests, private donors, trusts and foundations, and from government grants and corporate sponsorship.
Koorie (also spelt Koori) is a generic term used by contemporary Aboriginal people and communities of Victoria and Southern New South Wales to identify and differentiate themselves from Aboriginal groups from other parts of Australia. Aboriginal people and communities in Queensland refer to themselves as Murris, Nunga in South Australia and Nyoongar in Southern Western Australia.