Cultural heritage training boosts awareness and confidence

Evaluation of cultural heritage training with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC) has shown an increase in both awareness of and confidence working with the BLCAC.

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Partnerships and Engagement Team Leader, Belinda Brennan, said the results of the training were positive.

“Two days of training were held for 57 attendees,” said Ms Brennan

“Attendees included staff and board members from WGCMA, PPWCMA, Westernport Water, Bass Coast Landcare Network, South Gippsland Landcare Network and South Gippsland Water.

“The aim of cultural heritage training is for attendees to get a better understanding of the history of the traditional owners as well as understanding how land was traditionally managed.

“The training also opens up conversations between the organisations involved and in our experience, those lines of communication remain open.

“Awareness almost doubled as a result of the training and a third of participants also increased their confidence in working with BLCAC as a result of the training,” continued Ms Brennan.

Highlights of the day included visiting a midden site and the sharing of knowledge and information.

Feedback from participants included:

“Listening to all of the Bunurong Land Council speakers- their knowledge and passion was incredible!”

“I was really impressed how inclusive and ready to talk about a shared future for the natural area all the presenters brought to the day. They seemed so proud of their heritage and so open to embrace others enjoyment of it too.  The knowledge especially Dan and Rob shared was part inherited knowledge and also findings they had made themselves, which gave it a really personal perspective.”

“I have never felt more welcome on country.  It was a joyful day”

“Loved hearing all the different stories, the way each person explained different things about the artefacts, the stories around plants, positions and hierarchy within groups. It was amazing to be able to have a personal discussions with different members about how they handle the deep emotion concerned around such a devastating and cruel history since European settlement and still managed to stay excited and motivated about the future in keeping their history and culture alive.”