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Celebrating NAIDOC Week at the Y Water Discovery Centre

The Taungurung Land and Waters Council (TLaWC) has partnered with the Y Water Discovery Centre @ Yea Wetlands to celebrate NAIDOC Week, presenting an exciting program of exhibitions, talks and workshops that will run from 4 – 11 of July.
 
The NAIDOC 2021 theme - Heal Country - calls for us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. Healing Country means hearing indigenous calls to provide greater management, involvement, and empowerment by indigenous peoples over country.

Participate in a traditional smoking ceremony and Daanak (Coolamon) cutting, or learn the foundations of indigenous weaving with acclaimed artist and Taungurung woman Cassie Leatham. Take a guided tour of the Yea Wetlands and learn about the indigenous plants and their traditional uses.
 
The program will also feature an insightful presentation by members of the Taungurung Land and Waters Council who will discuss the work their Natural Resource Management and Cultural Heritage teams are undertaking to protect and improve their Country including Cultural Fire, Cultural Landscapes Management, bush regeneration, Healing Country, pest management, weed control, revegetation and water management.

There’s plenty on offer for the kids too including school holiday art activities with Taungurung women Angela ten Buuren and Aunty Bernadette Franklin and a fantastic puppet show, Spike the Echidna, incorporating shadow puppetry and lots of laughs.
 
The final session of the week will be presented by members of the First Peoples Assembly and will be a discussion on Treaty - what does Treaty mean, what does Treaty look like?

Please book in advance for all sessions. Click here.

Saturday 4 to Sunday 11 July

Heal Country Exhibition
10am - 4pm daily

An exhibition curated by Taungurung woman Angela ten Buuren depicting the changes of land use from First Nations peoples, through exploration, colonisation and resource exportation, to current day practices. Cost: Free

Sunday 4 July

Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony
10.30am - 12.30pm

Taungurung man Shane Monk will officially open NAIDOC Week with a traditional smoking ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by the cutting of a Daanak (Coolamon)
Cost: Free
BBQ Lunch
12.30pm - 1.30pm

We're firing up the barby to celebrate with a traditional BBQ lunch featuring kangaroo and beef snags and kangaroo burgers, with bush tucker spices and relishes. Vegetarian options available. Prices from $5.
Kids' Art Activites
1pm - 3pm

Join Aunty Bernadette Franklin to learn to make string from the fibres of the strinygbark tree, and Angela ten Buuren to learn about and paint with ochre.
Cost: Free

Monday 5 July

Flag Raising & Welcome to Country
10.30am

Join us for the official flag raising ceremony and welcome at the Yea Library, 15 The Semi Circle. Includes morning tea. Cost: Free

Wednesday 7 July

Spike the Echidna
11am - 12.30pm

Follow a baby Echidna on a journey through the world of shadow puppetry to find out where he belongs. Spike is an interactive experience for a family audience.
Cost: $8
Kids' Art Activity
1pm - 3.30pm

Join Taungurung woman Angela ten Buuren for a fun afternoon of art based activities. We'll be decorating boomerangs and Australian animals.
Cost: $8 (for materials)
 
Indigenous Weaving Workshop
7pm - 9pm

Learn the foundations of indigenous weaving with acclaimed artist and Taungurung woman Cassie Leatham.
$20/$15 (includes supper and weaving materials)

Thursday 8 July

Local History Sharing Yarn
1.30pm - 3pm

Join Taungurung woman Angela ten Buuren for a cuppa and an informal chat about local Yea history. Angela will share the stories of the Franklin family (her family), and invites you to share your memories and connections with Yea and the Wetlands.
Cost: $8 (includes afternoon tea)

Friday 9 July

Healing Country TLaWC Presentation
6pm - 8pm

Join members of the Taungurung Land and and Waters Council to discuss the work their Natural Resource Management and Cultural Heritage teams are undertaking to protect and improve their Country.
Cost: $5 (includes drinks & nibbles)

Saturday 10 July

A Taste of Taungurung
10am - 12noon

Take a guided tour of the Yea Wetlands and learn about the indigenous plants and their traditional uses. The walk will be followed by a morning tea featuring indigenous ingredients.
Cost: $20/$15
Tour of the Wetlands Restoration Works
1pm - 3pm

Members of the Yea Wetlands Committee of Management will guide a discussion and tour of their restoration works and future plans. Includes an afternoon tea featuring indigenous ingredients.
Cost: $20/$15
Environmental Expo
11am - 3pm

Come and chat with members and friends of our local Landcare and community groups to discuss the work they are doing to care for Country, and to find out how you can get involved. Exhibitors include:
- Upper Goulburn Landcare Network
- Hughes Creek Catchment Collaborative
- Euroa Arboretum
- Intrepid Landcare
- Goulburn Broken Catchment Authority
- Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network

Sunday 11 July

Talking Treaty
10.30am - 12noon

Join First Peoples Assembly members for an insightful discussion and Q&A session on Treaty. What does Treaty mean? What does Treaty look like?
Cost: Free
To assist us to be COVID-Safe and to help with catering numbers, please book your tickets in advance (even for those events that are free).  Places are limited.
Book your tickets here
Proudly supported by Taungurung Land & Waters Council, Y Water Discovery Centre, Murrindindi Shire Council, Yea Wetlands Committee of Management, Yea Arts Inc and FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal)
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