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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live. We recognise their continuing connection to country and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Anglicare Victoria respects our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and diversity. We recognise the impact of past and current injustices. We value, celebrate and learn from Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander culture and traditions, and we listen with joy and humility.
We stand for self-determinism.
With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children making up around thirty per cent of all children in Anglicare Victoria’s care, we are uniquely placed to support the strengthening of future generations of our First Peoples. We honour this privileged opportunity by creating environments that foster self-determinism and empowerment for young people and their communities. We aim to work collaboratively to improve the daily lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities in pursuit of justice and equality.
AV’s Cultural Advisors Uncle Ian Goolagong and Aunty Kellie Hunter work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people involved with the Buldau Yiooghen Youth Leadership Academy to help strengthen their cultural identity and awareness. They work with Program Managers and Team Leaders in a range of Out of Home Care services providing cultural advice, leadership and awareness. Cultural support ensures that we work effectively, respectfully and sensitively with Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities.
Indigenous Leadership Academy
The Buldau Yioohgen Youth Leadership Academy brings together community, cultural and sporting groups to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The academy helps participants as they strive towards their educational, employment and leadership goals.
The program is facilitated by The Long Walk and Anglicare Victoria and a range of community partners. It links young people with community Elders and provides them with industry and cultural experiences in partner organisations.
This year’s theme was In This Together 2020. Reconciliation is for all Australians, and Anglicare Victoria supports and respects the reconciliation movement.
In celebration of the start of 2020’s Reconciliation Week, AV’s Cultural Advisors Kellie Hunter and Ian Goolangong put together a powerful message and Welcome to Country.