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Cultural awareness training
Community housing organisations have differing training needs – some might want in-house cultural awareness training and others might want to join sector training on cultural safety. CHIA Vic has worked with a few Aboriginal training organisations that have contextualised their cultural awareness training with the new Framework. Click here for upcoming fee-for-service training or email Holly to discuss your in-house training needs.
Free consultancy support
CHIA Vic has a small amount of funding to provide consultancy support to assist members to plan for, and implement, the framework. The support will generally be short term and one off and will be provided by a predetermined panel of consultants. For more details please email Lesley.Dredge@chiavic.com.au
The following consultants have been involved in the development of the Framework or worked with CHIA Vic and CHOs:
Bundyi Girri Consulting is a First Nations-led business, registered with Supply Nation and Kinaway. Bundyi Girri is a Wiradjuri term, translated to mean ‘Shared Futures’ or ‘What is it we can share – the future.’
Bundyi Girri Consulting delivers an organisation-wide approach to Reconciliation, with a focus on developing a dynamic, procedural, and open way of working. BGC focuses on building the skills of Reconciliation within the workforce to support long-term behavioural development, and an enhanced workplace culture for all staff. This in turn has been proven to increase the attraction and retention of Indigenous staff and workplace participants, and in providing a culturally strong service response to First Nations Peoples.
BGC’s approach centres on co-designing as an opportunity to collaborate and guide organisations into an understanding of First Peoples Sovereignty as an innovative approach to place, Country, and storytelling. A relationship with BGC will assist to refine organisational maturity and brand narrative – as it relates to First Peoples – and to create an environment for applied learning to take place.
Critical to Reconciliation maturity is supporting non-Indigenous leaders and staff to understand the skills of being ‘active’ in Reconciliation and developing a new narrative for how it partners with First Peoples and organisations.
To find out more about Bundyi Girri Consulting click here.
Kerry Arabena Consulting is a 100% Indigenous-owned consulting firm that offers end-to-end services for a wide range of national and international clients. The Managing Director is Professor Kerry Arabena, a Torres Strait Islander and master facilitator with a well-established reputation as a thought leader, qualitative researcher, evaluator, writer, public speaker, teacher, director and environmental scientific commissioner. For more information click here
Jenny Samms & Nicole Cassar have both assisted CHOs to begin the work on the Cultural Safety Framework and if you want their contact details please contact CHIA Vic
The Framework in action
Aboriginal Housing Victoria
The Community Housing Aboriginal Cultural Safety Framework is a tool that supports us to systematically ask ourselves whether our organisation and our services are culturally safe.
We have employed an Aboriginal Cultural Wellbeing Officer whose first task will be to work though the Framework, talk to our staff, our community, our partners and, most importantly, our residents to understand and improve the cultural safety of our organisation.
In 2017, VincentCare embarked on the development of its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Reflect, in collaboration with staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisers from The Long Walk.
The RAP was conditionally endorsed in April 2019 and formally endorsed in August 2019. The plan is for the period April 2019 – April 2020.
Victoria’s Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework
Learn about how Victoria’s Aboriginal community proposes to address the housing challenges facing Aboriginal Victorians.