A children’s book organised by Council and authored and illustrated by children from Avondale Heights Kindergarten has been nominated for a HART Award.
Initiatives such as this are a crucial step in educating our community about Wurundjeri and about the significance of this area to the Wurundjeri People.Cr Cam Nation
The book has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Local Government – Schools and Early Years category of this year’s HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards, which are presented by Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) to acknowledge Victorian initiatives that contribute to local reconciliation outcomes.
Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said the book, called We walk together, Wanganyinu yan djerring, is an important resource that was developed in collaboration with the Wurundjeri Council.
“We walk together is designed as an early childhood resource to educate children about Wurundjeri culture and history, and is available at our childcare centres and kindergartens and in all our libraries,” Cr Sharpe said.
“The kids got to spend time with Wurundjeri Elder Uncle David Wandin, learn about their customs, take part in a smoking ceremony, listen to storytelling, plant native trees and then reflect on their learnings.”
Spokesperson for Access, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cr Cam Nation, said the book is an important part of Council’s reconciliation efforts with the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways of Moonee Valley, the Wurundjeri People.
“Initiatives such as this are a crucial step in educating our community about Wurundjeri and about the significance of this area to the Wurundjeri People. We are humbled by the generosity of spirit of Moonee Valley’s Traditional Owners in sharing their culture and stories,” Cr Nation said.
“Council is committed to reconciliation and supports the continuation of Wurundjeri culture and heritage through storytelling, art and acknowledgement of Wurundjeri’s connection to Country and the waterways of Moonee Valley.”
The Awards will be presented on Friday, 31 May during Reconciliation Week.