The Colac Aboriginal Gathering Place is a culturally safe space for Aboriginal people to learn and grow from each other’s knowledge and experience. Members of the Colac, Otway and Corangamite Shire have blood ties as far as the Torres Strait, from the Kimberly, Noongar Country, from the Centre of Australia, the waterways of northern New South Wales, as well as blood ties close to the Maar Nation. Through the Gathering Place’s programs, participants build connection to family and community, which is vital for Aboriginal health and social and emotional well-being. Colac’s Aboriginal Gathering Place has been established to support Aboriginal people living in Colac to rediscover their family and cultural connection, share stories and advocate on behalf of their local community.
Aboriginal Women in the South West have always been nurturers and knowledge keepers. Our children benefit from the seeds sown before us. Any opportunity for Aboriginal young people, especially Aboriginal young women, to plant and water these seeds is a significant investment in the future and strength of our people.
– Melinda Flood
Grant type: Small Grant
Project description: In concert with Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, Colac Neighbourhood House, and Colac Area Health, Colac Aboriginal Gathering Place will provide an opportunity for Aboriginal women and girls to use art as a medium to share stories and visually portray community values and ideologies. The artist-led project will support Aboriginal women and girls to feel culturally safe in their community while creating a respectful and culturally aware community that celebrates first nations’ culture. The artworks will be displayed as part of the Colac Otway Arts Trail.
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