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.
Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service are holding a Women's Kitchen Table - Yarning Circle. The program is developed especially for women who have or are currently experiencing Family Relationship issues. Come along and have a yarn.
Learn new ways of dealing with conflict and build supports from the staff and other women within the group.
Be the Hero Indigenous project involves Melbourne Storm in partnership with the Victorian Women’s Trust identifying and training up to 24 young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island male leaders (aged 15-16 years old) to deliver the program in schools or other community setting.
These young leaders will be trained over 3 days, and then once they have been trained will then be able to deliver the program. When delivering, they will receive support from Paul Zappa from the Victorian Womens Trust and a Melbourne Storm player for their initial visit to the school.
Aunty Dot was one of twenty outstanding Indigenous Victorians inducted to the nation’s first-ever Indigenous Honour Roll.
The Premier, Ted Baillieu and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Jeanette Powell announced the 20 inaugural inductees to the Honour Roll on Friday 17 February.
Being celebrated are well-known figures and quiet achievers whose efforts have significantly impacted society. Their accomplishments span the areas of health, education, politics, sport and the arts.
Through the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll, the valuable legacy of Indigenous Victorians, past and present is recognised and acknowledged.
The Honour Roll helps to ensure that future generations will continue to recognise and pay tribute to those who have made, and continue to make, contributions to Victoria and beyond.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous families came together for a morning of music, storytelling, art and play on Sunday 17th March. The Healesville Reconciliation Precinct for Children and Families Open Day showcased the vision of six agencies (including HICSA) involved in a partnership focused on creating a safe, integrated, culturally competent and welcoming early years education precinct for Healesville.
A welcome to country was given by Wurundjeri elder Gloria Coombes - Aunty Kitty, and Healesville elder Aunty Dot Peters who shared stories and traditional skills including grass coiling.