Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

Funding acknowledgement: Proudly supported by the Healing Foundation.

Healing Foundation description: The Healing Foundation partners with communities to address ongoing trauma caused by the disruption and mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the past 230 years. This includes actions like the forced removal of tens of thousands of children from their families, known as the Stolen Generations.

The event was attended by fifteen (15) young “fellas” aged from 10 to 16 years and community elders, plus Waltja staff. Activities included a talking circle about healing and cooking bush tucker on country.

The talking circle provided an opportunity from an Elder whose family was torn apart by the Stolen Generation to share her history and talk about the apology.

The event that was carried out on country was an educational workshop. The event raised awareness about the apology, the healing needs of the Stolen Generations and their descendants, and the importance of culture in achieving healing, to strengthen our communities for the future.

Being out on country gave everyone who was involved the chance to get away from the pressures of community and gave them space to think, reflect and connect with country. Cooking bush tucker emphasised the importance of culture in strengthening community and healing together. It also gave the participants the opportunity to discuss the apology and story informally after the more formal talking circle was finished.