In mid-September, members of the Chain of Ponds Collaboration were given the opportunity to attend Cultural Awareness Training hosted by Wurundjeri Council.
Increasingly Traditional Owner engagement and involvement in the Chain of Ponds Collaboration is a key priority. Following the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding, we have increased our focus on this area.
Consequently, training was arranged to be facilitated by Uncle Bill of Wurundjeri. Participants noted the excellent presentation given by Uncle Bill, who drew on her own personal perspective and experiences to offer an authentic insight into Traditional Owner culture, history, and current issues.
The training consisted of multiple sessions, including a Welcome to Country and information on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Traditional Culture, a lesson on the post-colonisation era, including Coranderrk and modern history, and a session covering the ongoing effects of colonisation and racism on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.