We come together to connect and learn with our First Nations peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples histories, cultures, knowledge and perspectives are an indelible part of Australia life, land and identity. As an inclusive, community minded and cultural lead organisation, we recognise the importance of embedding First Nations culture and history. We encourage you to speak with First Nations peoples, to learn more about the lands on which you live work, sing, meet, share and play.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Playgroup Victoria recently launched our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan. We recognise the important relationships Playgroup Victoria has with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and pay respect to those past, present and future. We are committed to healing, to connecting and to paying respect to First Nations histories. This week, we encourage you to spend some time connecting with the land, to listening to First Nations stories and acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples histories, cultures, art, communities and connection to land.
Playgroup Victoria’s Reconciliation Action Committee
For many months, Playgroup Victoria’s Reconciliation Action Committee has gathered, with the aim of making meaningful change. Playgroup Victoria is committed to embedding First Nations peoples’ histories, cultures, knowledge and perspectives in our work as an organisation, in our work with stakeholders and with playgroups. Reconciliation is an important part of our history. First Nations peoples and cultures are an indelible part of Australian life, land and national identity. At playgroup, we work with families and children. Many of those children already know our Acknowledgement of Country song and the land they are singing, dancing, learning, connecting and playing on. Our children are leading the way and together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples we are committed to building positive and reciprocal relationships, sharing a mutually respected path to the future.
Thursday the 17th of March 2022 was a momentous day. We launched our Reconciliation Action Plan. Not only that, it was the first time that the Playgroup Victoria staff had been together as a group for well over a year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Alongside visitors and First Nations guests, we gathered on the front lawn of the Playgroup Victoria office, on Woiworung Country. Beneath the tall gumtree, Uncle Bill Nicholson shared the history and stories of the Wurundjeri people of the area. He talked about his ancestors, the seasons and the meaning of words. Language, a profound link between us – to the land, plants, animals and seasons. We listened. We looked up to the wide sky carrying sparse clouds through the blue and we looked to the birds fluttering through the upper branches shifting in the breeze. We watched on as Uncle Bill conducted a very moving smoking ceremony for our office and all attending.
Together we reflected and connected with the land, First Nations histories and how we can come together to build meaningful relationships, supporting best practice and advocating for inclusive spaces that respect the history, culture and perspectives of First Nations peoples. Above all, we came together to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ensuring the voices of First Nations peoples are respected, valued, heard and influential throughout the work that we do. There was a strong feeling of connection and community.
National Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June 2022
The dates that mark the beginning and end of National Reconciliation Week are significant milestones in First Nations history. They commemorate the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation Australia write:
“National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.”
This year’s theme is Be Brave. Make Change. We invite you to join as on our reconciliation journey. Playgroup Victoria is committed to embedding First Nations peoples’ histories, cultures, knowledge and perspectives in our work as an organisation, in our work with stakeholders and with playgroups.
Playgroup Victoria’s Acknowledgment of Country Poster
Together with your playgroup, we encourage you to acknowledge the land you are on, to be present, to share First Nations stories and histories. Click the button below to download a copy of the poster.
Artwork by Sharon Slater
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Cultural Safety at Playgroup
Playgroup Victoria has created a one-page summary guide to Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultural safety at playgroup. Click the button below to download your copy.
Guide developed by Playgroup Victoria
Artwork by Sharon Slater
Sing along to Playgroup Victoria’s Acknowledgment of Country Song
To find the country your playgroup meets on for your Acknowledgement of Country, look here: at the Map of Indigenous Map Australia (AIATSIS) In the song, for example, you can replace “Traditional people” with “Woiworrung people”.
NAIDOC Week: 3 – 10 July 2022
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Join us as we actively share, connect and celebrate First Nations histories, traditions and cultures.
“NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.”
Our Footprints, Our Culture
In conversation with Artist Sharon Slater
“I am a proud Kamilaroi woman from New South Wales by birth but proudly raised on the land of the Kulin people for 50 years of my life. I call Victoria home. What inspires me is being the mother of a child with special needs – it takes me to a calming place to think about her journey and my journey as a mother. It inspires me to create art that I can see and share with others.”- Sharon Slater
The stories and connections we find in art
In conversation with Artist Heather Kennedy
“The figures of the women in the painting represent the spirits of women, maintaining the strength and guarding the family.” “The sky is representative of ancestral spirits who are always there, looking over us. The gum leaves are representative of the land. Gumtrees have many important uses, especially for smoking ceremonies and cleansing.”
Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness