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's 5 Year Anniversary Celebration & Launch
After 5 years of dedication, passion and commitment HICSA was able to reflect and celebrate in style at the HICSA Double Celebration event held in April 2015 at Healesville's Memorial Hall.
The night involved reflecting on HICSA's journey over the past 5 years, honouring those that helped and supported us along the way as well as launching our publications and Hip Hop DVD that were produced as a result of our program delivery in 2014. The night officially commenced with a beautiful Welcome to Country from Wurundjeri Elder Allan Wandin followed by passionate and informative speeches from two of our partner organisations, Karyn Mc Peake (CEO of Inspiro), Fiona McAllister (Yarra Rangers Council Ryrie Ward counsellor and HICSA Treasurer), Fiona Mawson (HICSA board member), Anne Jenkins (Executive Officer Health Promotion HICSA) and Doseena Fergie (HICSA President). MC for the night was the wonderful Garry Detez and featured amazing performances by the Dardee Balagamdail dance group.
Our other 2 publications launched that night were a result of the Today, Tomorrow & Yesterday program, funded by The Flora and Frank Leith Charitable Trust. Participants from this group delved into the Indigenous history of Healesville as well as tracing their own family history. The booklet which explores the Indigenous history of Healesville and poster(A4 poster which is a condensed version of the booklet) have been developed as a resource for community that provides a visual and brief overview of the key events in Healesville's Indigenous history from 1824-2014.
The celebrations continued with the launch of the Hip Hop music video, funded by OAAV. Talia Gulpilil (HICSA Youth Worker) coordinated the Department of Justice funded Cultural Strengthening Though The Arts Program.
Indigenous Hip Hop Projects were engaged to teach our youth Hip Hop dancing and song writing. The song "Good Times" was written by the young participants and provides positive health messages. It touches on peer pressure and saying no to drugs & alcohol, you may have also seen them perform at the Healesville 150 year birthday cerebrations and Cultural Sharing event at HICSA last year.
YouthWorx provided training and mentoring for Jon-Paul Madgwick and Talia Gulpilil who played a significant role in the filming and editing of the film clips. YouthWorx also filmed on the night of our celebrations so keep an eye out for that footage to appear on our website.
We are so proud of what our youth group has achieved and seeing it all on the big screen was a high light for many!
HICSA would also like to thank the following for all your support and assistance on the night, thank you to: Dardee Balagamdail dance group for the amazing performances, The Healesville Memo Hall staff and tech manager, YouthWorx for filming on the night, Jessie Graham Yarra Valley News for the photos and Susanna Luebbers Catering for all the bush tucker inspired food!
Our latest newsletter is now available
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.