Small Grant Recipients 2018

GEELONG ONE FIRE RECONCILIATION GROUP

RECONCILIATION IN THE PARK

Reconciliation in the Park is now in its 9th year, providing the key Aboriginal community led Reconciliation Week event of the Greater Geelong region. The 2016 Vic Community HART Award winning collaboration provides a Welcome to Country, interactive Aboriginal history & culture activities, music, performance, art exhibition at Geelong Gallery and food created by local Aboriginal women.

The intention of the event is to engage the broad community and create a space for learning, growing relationships and creating commitment to reconciliation locally based on an understanding of Djillong (Tongue of Land – Geelong) history, culture, society and people.

One Fire provides a stall to create conversations, links to State wide and national information (e.g. on Treaty and the Uluru Statement) the Djillong Project resources and commitment to local Aboriginal community self determination.

Schools, Council and local media outlets are some of the focuses for promoting the event and creating conversations related to Geelong history: Learn, Share, Grow. For example, the local stolen generations experiences as part of the history of Wadawurrung Country.

Already booked performers include local dance groups, choir and Didgeridoo players, plus Indigenous Hip Hop Projects & Alice Skye performances.

WYNDHAM CENTRAL KOORIE STUDENTS FOR RECONCILIATION

RECONCILIATION CONCERT AND TALK

In partnership with World Vision, Wyndham Central Secondary College are holding a one-hour lunchtime concert, as well as organising a guest speaker. It is hoped that students and other participants will gain a better understanding of the history of Indigenous people, the 1967 referendum and the significance of Mabo Day.

MANNINGHAM RECONCILIATION GROUP

FISH FARM WALKABOUT AT FINNS RESERVE

Local historian Jim Poulter will be leading a walk along the Yarra River at Finns Reserve, Templestowe to uncover the hidden history of a traditional fish farm that has been identified by local Wurundjeri elders. The walk will demonstrate the environmentally harmonious nature of Aboriginal engineering, and show why this history has tended to remain invisible to non-Aboriginal eyes. An educational pamphlet related to the event will be created.

GLENELG SHIRE COUNCIL

COMMUNITY LUNCH

Glenelg Shire is holding a community lunch, which will be followed by a speech from the Mayor and a guest speaker that will incorporate Welcome to Country. Local art will also be displayed, as well as stories about local history, an open day on site and a performance from an Aboriginal Dance group.

GIPPSLAND LAKES COMMUNITY HEALTH

BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS BY SHARING OF HISTORY, FOOD AND STORIES

Gippsland Lakes Community Health has been working closely with Nowa Nowa Primary School to create the ‘Nourish’ gardening and cooking healthy foods program. Over the past 12 months, the children have developed amazing skills that allow them to prepare food for a Reconciliation celebration, using Indigenous ingredients and fresh local produce. The celebration will have community elders, including Aunty Phyllis Andy, will share childhood stories about growing up in the Lake Tyers area. It is hoped that other local organisations will attend and show students and community participants local artifacts and photographs.

MARIBYRNONG LIBRARY SERVICE

HISTORY THROUGH ART AND SYMBOLS

Maribyrnong Library Service will host a series of events aimed at pre-school and school aged children at Braybrook Library, which will encourage learning, sharing and growth by exploring their past, learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures and develop a deeper understanding of our national story. The sessions will highlight Indigenous storytelling, art and symbols. The recently relocated and refreshed Indigenous collection, now housed at Braybrook Library, will also be showcased. The collection includes over 250 adult and junior books, including movies, music and art.

NOWA NOWA PRIMARY SCHOOL

GUNAIKURNAI SHARE YOUR STORIES ART COMPETITION

Nowa Nowa Primary will create a mural on a rebound wall based around the local story of the Gunaikurnai people who live at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust. As Nowa Nowa has an 85% enrolment of children from families who live at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, they would love for the design to be sourced from the community. A competition will be run to decide on the design of the mural, based on the theme ‘Don’t Make History a Mystery” and local Aboriginal stories. The winner will be judged by the school captains, a Koorie Engagement Support Officer, school council president and a local community member, and will be announced during National Reconciliation Week.

LAKE PARK KINDERGARTEN

FOSTERING RECONCILIATION

Lake Park Kinder is partnering with local Wurundjeri elder Uncle Ian Hunter to conduct a range of reconciliation activities with three different groups of children over the course of National Reconciliation Week. These activities with aim to engage and educate children and families about Wurundjeri and Indigenous Australian history. This will culminate in the official unveiling of an art piece called “Healing Hands”, created by the children over the week. The unveiling will include a Welcome to Country by Uncle Ian Hunter, and guests will be invited to share their thoughts about fostering reconciliation and contribute to the artwork.

GREENHILLS PRESCHOOL

KINDER DREAMING INCURSION

Greenhills Preschool is organising an Indigenous teaching incursion by Western Creation presenter Tristan Harris for their students. The incursion will include dreamtime storytelling, a Didgeridoo demonstration and an interactive song and dance performance. The incursion will give the students the opportunity to be involved in a fun cultural experience, and enrich their current learning about Aboriginals, Aboriginal language and respect for Wurundjeri land.

WYNDHAM ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY CENTRE COMMITTEE

BEWAL TREE PLANTING DAY

WACCC will hold a community tree planting day, planting native species back into the area that they originated from. This will include some rare native plants that have diminished since settlement.  The day will include lunch provided by an Aboriginal business, the Grumbletumms food truck, as well as provide the opportunity for some formal community consultation about the purpose-built Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre and Integrated Family Centre.

LAKES ENTRANCE PRIMARY SCHOOL

COMMUNITY RECONCILIATION WEEK CELEBRATION

Lakes Entrance Primary School will hold a half-day community event, inviting students, parents, community members, and families and students from surrounding schools. The day will consist of a variety of activities, including arts, sports, story telling and the creation of a mural. The event aims to strengthen relationships between students and families from different schools, and promote and celebrate Aboriginal identity and culture. Local organisations Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association and Djillay Ngalu are involved in supporting the event.

SWAN REACH AND DISTRICT PRESCHOOL

ART INSTALLATION

Swan Reach and District Preschool are collaborating with a local Koori artist to create an artwork installation in their outdoor playground area. The children at the kindergarten will be involved in the creation of the artwork, and through the experience learn about the local Gunaikurnai culture and form inclusive relationships between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in the preschool.

TOWARDS RECONCILIATION AT KNOX

NATIONAL FLAG RAISING CEREMONY

TRAK has arranged for local Aboriginal Artist Cassie Leatham to make three presentations to students from St Johns Primary School, to enhance their learning of Aboriginal history and culture. Selected students will then speak about what they have learnt during a Flag Raising Ceremony with Knox Council. Student participation at past events has always received positive feedback. The artwork the students produce with Cassie will be displayed at the Knox Council offices.

BENDIGO TAFE

INDIGENOUS FILM NIGHT

Bendigo TAFE will be holding an Indigenous Film Night, including a screening of the National Apology and guest speakers from the Stolen Generations. The event invites the non-Aboriginal community to learn more about the positive and negative aspects of Aboriginal history, so in the future work can be done together more effectively. Bendigo TAFE staff are also encouraged to attend, to enhance their cultural awareness and better service the local Aboriginal community.

BENDIGO SENIOR SECONDARY COLLEGE

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK OF CELEBRATION AND LEARNING

BSSC are holding a week’s worth of National Reconciliation Week events, including a screening of the film ‘Zac’s Ceremony’ which will be attended by staff and members of the community. All students will also watch a visual commentary of historical events, as well as a Chainsaw Wood Carving Exhibition provided to the school community by a local Aboriginal Aunty from the Weenthunga Health Network. Hospitality students will also produce some bush tucker food, which will be made available to all students.