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Aboriginal Community

Council works with its local Aboriginal community to acknowledge and promote its rich history, support the Aboriginal community in Kingston today, develop and implement Council Policy, and support committees, networks organisations.

Click here  to view a list of contact details for other Aboriginal services. 

History

Kingston has a rich Aboriginal history, and today we have a proud vibrant Aboriginal culture.

The Boon wurunng people of past connected with the land and waterways in the area. Activities and campsites dependent on the seasons have left their evidence of middens and scarred trees throughout Kingston.  In good weather they camped along the foreshore while in poor weather they sought shelter in woodland or near rocks.

Further inland lived the Wurundjeri-baluk clan of the Woiworung tribe. All these people belonged to a nation of Aboriginal people known as the Kulin nation who occupied most of Western and Central Victoria. A camping reserve was set up for the Boon wurrung at Mordialloc in the early 1840s and this site is now marked with the Aboriginal Flag flying beside the Mordialloc Creek.

Council Committees and Networks

Aboriginal Sub-Committee - Access and Equity

The Aboriginal Sub-Committee is part of the Access and Equity Advisory Committee. This Committee was established to provide information and advice to Council on equitable service distribution to all residents. It represents the equal rights of all people in the community to enjoy access to all goods and services and to be treated with equal respect. The Aboriginal Sub Committee meets bi-monthly and has a role in relevent Council events, services and policy development.

Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee

Kingston Council is part of the Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee (ICACC), a committee represented by seven Local Government areas with Aboriginal representatives committed to reconciliation, respect, education and health and well being for Aboriginal people.

Go to the ICACC website to know more.

Kingston Koorie Mob

Council supports the Kingston Koorie Mob, a program coordinated through Parkdale Secondary College for Aboriginal youth in Kingston. The program highlights cultural identity, promotes goal setting, personal development and encourages educational outcomes.

Local Indigenous Network

Kingston Council is in the Local Indigenous Network of the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development Southern Metro Area.

Events

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The national NAIDOC theme for 2016 is: Songlines: The living narrative of our nation.

NAIDOC Week 2016:
Sunday 3 - Sunday 10 July

NAIDOC Opening with Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony:
Sunday 3 July 2pm
Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

Kingston Arts welcomes all to the opening of NAIDOC 2016. Come and immerse yourself in the rich culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Exhibition and Artist Floor Talk - Songlines Her:Stories by Paola Balla

Exhibition open from Sunday 3 July to Tuesday 2 August
Artist Floor Talk: Saturday 16 July, 2pm
In considering this year’s national NAIDOC theme of ‘Songlines: The living narrative of our nation’, artist Paola Balla presents a series of new photographic and site specific works as a love letter of respect and awe to her Aboriginal family and the strong, beautiful women within it.

Clocktower Projections by Josh Muir:
Screening nightly from Sunday 3 July, 6-9pm
During this year’s NAIDOC, see Melbourne-based multimedia artist and proud Yorta Yorta/ Gunditjmara man, Josh Muir's stunning artworks projected on to the Kingston City Hall Clock Tower.

Baluk Arts Workshop for Kids:
Saturday 9 July 2pm
A fun workshop with traditional Indigenous storytelling and the opportunity for kids to create their very own mini storybook using Aboriginal symbols and designs. 

The Sapphires Film Screening and Afternoon Tea:
Saturday 23 July 2pm
Nourish your body, mind and soul with a celebration of Indigenous culture. Relive the glitz, grit and gorgeous songs of The Sapphires and enjoy an Indigenous afternoon tea.

Baluk Arts Workshop for Adults:
Saturday 30 July 2pm
Learn traditional Indigenous weaving techniques and have the opportunity to create your very own bush sculpture creature.

- See more at: http://www.kingstonarts.com.au/PUBLIC-PROGRAMS/NAIDOC 

For more information about Kingston's NAIDOC events, please call Kingston Arts Box Office on 9556 4440 or the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator on 9581 4692 or go to the Kingston Arts website.

Contact

To be involved in Council’s work with our Aboriginal community, contact Council’s Community Engagement Team, on 9581 4734 community@kingston.vic.gov.au 

Cick here to view a list of contact details for other Aboriginal services.