The Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA) was established in December 2009
“To establish a welcoming and culturally affirming place in Healesville that provides a central point of contact for community members, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, for information, services and programs that are focused on building a healthy, strong and skilled community”
The Association and its members are committed to working collaboratively and harmoniously to achieve the above vision. To work towards the general betterment of Aboriginal people and, specifically, for the advancement of Aboriginal people in Healesville and the Yarra Ranges.
Acknowledgement to Country
The Board of the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association Incorporated would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri, and pay respects to their Elders past and present. We would also like to acknowledge those peoples, including Elders, who came to live on Wurundjeri land from all over Australia as a result of dispossession from their homelands, and in more recent times through choice. We will strive to uphold a cultural respect model that further includes and strengthens all our people, stories, traditions and culture for now and future generations.
HICSA is very excited to announce funding from the Department of Human Services – Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group to deliver a youth respectful relationships program. HICSA has partnered with Boorndawan Willam to offer an exciting cultural program where Aboriginal youth (male and female groups) will explore and discuss respectful relationships. Each group will produce a Possum Skin Cloak where messages of respectful relationships will be burnt into the skins.
These cloaks can then be used for future ceremonies organised by youth.
‘Wadamba Barring’ is a restorative and preventative program with a strong focus on enhancing cultural pride, identity and to encourage leadership in Aboriginal youth. The program will have a positive impact on young people’s self-esteem and improve intergenerational connectedness.
At the end of the 8 sessions, there will be a 3 day camp at the YMCA Recreational Camp in Mount Evelyn (9th to 11th November 2012) where outdoor recreational activities will occur with a theme of team work and respect, as well as cultural activities with Elders. On the Sunday afternoon, a ceremony will be planned and family members, Elders and community will be invited to affirm messages about respectful relationships. A ‘Statement of Respect’ with messages recorded on paperbark will be presented from the male to the female youth and vice versa, as pledges of how the youth will respect and care for one another in to the future.
Congratulations Steph and the staff of Boorndawan Willam, and especially Jamie, for working together to create this culturally affirming and strengthening youth activity.
Service Development and Governance Coordinator