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Cultural Carer Forums 2018

The Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV) in partnership with VACCA, hosted three cultural carer forums with a focus on learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, history and culture.

The events provided an opportunity for foster carers and children to come together, network and connect in a fun and interactive way whilst having a rich cultural experience.

 

Spiritual Healing Walk

In January 2018 we hosted a Spiritual Healing Walk at Darebin Parklands. Carers from across the state and the children in their care (24 attendees) enjoyed a walk, listening to Uncle Trevor promote emotional and spiritual well-being and a sense of being connected to the land.

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Cultural Learning Morning Tea Healesville

In February 2018 we hosted Cultural Learning Morning Tea at Healesville Sanctuary. 23 carers and children attended and had an incredible day. The highlight was being in the company of Murrundindi, an Elder and Head Man (Ngurungaeta) of the Wurundjeri people, as he shared stories of his life and culture.

Murrundindi is passionate about sharing Wurundjeri culture which he demonstrated by playing the didgeridoo, showing his possum skin cloak, showing how a boomerang is thrown, singing traditional songs in language, having a yarn about his life and family history, and telling us about significant flora and fauna around us. 

 

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Cultural Learning Morning Tea CERES Park

In April 2018 we hosted a Cultural Learning Morning Tea at CERES Environmental Park, with a morning tea and smoking ceremony with Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Ian Hunter.

It was a beautiful autumn day bringing 43 carers with young children. The carers welcomed the opportunity to have an event held on the weekend with a focus on cultural knowledge and learning. Uncle Ian provided rich information about many aspects of the local area and Aboriginal culture. The children loved the sound of the didgeridoo as well as painting on canvas. Many women talked to staff and each other as they had their hands massaged and experienced a little pampering. It was a fabulous day in a magnificent setting.

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The Foster Care Association of Victoria operates on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Victoria.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material. To listen to our Acknowledgement of Country, click here.