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|We held a virtual morning tea for staff with two guest speakers, Tracey Evans a Gunditjamara/Bundjalung woman, a First Nations and Traditional Owner and Lena Charles, a Yorta Yorta/Gunai Kurnai woman. Tracey and Lena spoke to us about what reconciliation meant to them and how we could strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal communities.|
Tracey is one of nine Executive Director’s on the First Peoples Assembly of Victoria and elected Assembly Member for the Melbourne Metropolitan Region. Tracey spoke about the importance of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria and how this provides an elected voice for Aboriginal communities, Elders and Traditional Owners in future treaty discussions. Tracey said that it was also important for us to follow the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria’s Facebook Page as this is where we can be kept updated with treaty discussions. She also mentioned that we should approach Aboriginal community members with a clear mind, purpose and always ask community how and if they would like to be consulted when we are making decisions around our Aboriginal program and events.
Lena spoke about what reconciliation week meant to her, and how we should walk alongside Aboriginal communities rather than working for Aboriginal communities. Lena spoke about the importance of bringing a cultural lens to our existing programs and utilising the knowledge and skills of Aboriginal people to empower community. Both Tracey and Lena referred to the importance of self-determination and returning power back to Aboriginal communities.
|We encouraged staff to participate in RunRona, a virtual run or walk, that was held over the weekend of 30-31 May. 22 staff ran or walked their way around some scenic Victorian locations including the Tan, Albert Park Lake and Queenscliff. RunRona provided staff with the opportunity to be active, reflect on what National Reconciliation Week meant for them whilst directly supporting Aboriginal-led social enterprise, Spark Health in delivering health promotion programs to Aboriginal communities.|