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?