Outstanding Project Working with Aboriginal Communities in Greater Western Sydney
Greater Western Sydney has the largest urban Aboriginal population in Australia. The Outstanding Project Working with Aboriginal Community in Greater Western Sydney Award recognises the efforts of not-for-profit organisation who work together with the community to build capacity on a local or regional level
Below are our nominees for the 2017 ZEST Award for Outstanding Project Working with Aboriginal Communities in Greater Western Sydney:
The Aboriginal Family Planning Circle (AFPC) – Winner
The Aboriginal Family Planning Circle (AFPC) is a volunteer-run, community-based program in Blacktown LGA that works with pregnant Aboriginal women and their families who are at risk of having their children assumed into out-of-home care. It achieves this through providing holistic support to address clients’ complex needs, and improve the circumstances into which children will be born. Action plans are developed and agreed between clients/families, other family members, multiple service providers (both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, government and non-government), and community elders. The AFPC also provides training to Aboriginal service workers, to take on the role of facilitator at AFPC meetings.
Darug Language and Culture class – Highly Commended
The Darug Language and Culture class was devised to teach Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people about the Darug language and culture. The class and syllabus was designed to teach Aboriginal people in Cumberland and across the region about the language and culture led by Aunty Jacinta Tobin, a Darug elder. Students were encouraged to continue the interaction and communication once the course was concluded to add an element of sustainability to the project. The project was devised by the Cumberland ATSIC Committee with Council to provide Darug language classes to help build capacity and resilience for local Aboriginal people
KARI Cultural Unit
KARI is an Out of Home Care (OOHC) provider for Aboriginal children in South West and Western Sydney, run by Aboriginal people. KARI staff understand the importance of creating a connection to one’s identity and country, knowing that together they form the foundations of belonging. The unique CU helps support each child with their own personal journey by providing a communal approach to achieve this goal. This program focuses on working with every OOHC child and foster carer to develop a personalised, comprehensive Cultural Care Plan and map out a complete family tree dating back a minimum of two generations.
The Appin Massacre 200th Anniversary Memorial Service
The Appin Massacre 200th Anniversary Memorial Service was held on 17 April 2016 at Cataract Dam, located near where the Appin Massacre took place and most of the local Dharawal people perished on April 17 1816 due to actions by Governor Macquarie. Over 1500 Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, non-Aboriginal people and representatives from local, state and federal government in attendance. There were activities, dance and choir performances. The event was done in partnership with Wingay Myamly Reconciliation Group, the Aboriginal communities of Campbelltown, Wollondilly and Camden, Campbelltown City Council, Wollondilly Shire Council and Water New South Wales.
The Blacktown Native Institution (BNI)
The Blacktown Native Institution (BNI) Project was a series of iterative and interlinked events, discussions, workshops, and storytelling sessions. It brought together Darug and local Aboriginal people with Aboriginal artists, as well as historians, designers, academics and land management experts. BNI Project included two Artist Camps in November 2014 and March 2015 on the historic site of the BNI in Oakhurst. A celebratory Corroboree event was held in November 2015, featuring live performances and the launch of major temporary public artworks on the site by project artists Darren Bell, Karla Dickens, Steven Russell, Kristine Stewart, and Leanne Tobin.
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