Wiradjuri people‚ living ‘off-Country’ in Melbourne‚ come and join your mob. Let’s gather‚ celebrate and be Wiradjuri in Melbourne.
Melbourne Museum on Sunday 26th June 1pm-4pm.
Food and refreshments provided.
This event is open to anyone who is Wiradjuri.
Who’s your mob? Where you from?
Wiradjuri Country (in NSW) is the land of the three rivers: the Wambool (Macquarie)‚ the Kalare (Lachlan) and the Marrambidya (Murrumbidgee).
If your mob is Wiradjuri, and you’re living here in Melbourne‚ then it’s you we’re looking for. This is a chance to meet and gather and be Wiradjuri with each other.
Numbers for this first event are limited but by registering your contact details below we will keep you updated on this and future events.
This is a pilot event limited to 70 people.
To register, please fill out the form below and we will contact you regarding this and future events.
Respecting Wurundjeri People and the Kulin Nation
Sovereignty of our nations sits over place. Mutual recognition of the sovereignties of where Wiradjuri people are living, when they are away from Country, has always been respected through the practice of cultural protocols. These cultural protocols, that are practiced through diplomacy between our Elders of our nations, were required to be undertaken for the Wiradjuri in Melbourne event.
It is our Elders that are authorised to speak ‘as country’ in this case, to diplomatically request that cultural activities are undertaken on another nation’s soil.
For the Wiradjuri in Melbourne event it was essential that an Elder from Wiradjuri nation (coming from Country) attend Wurundjeri country to make a formal request of the Wurundjeri Elders, to hold a Wiradjuri gathering.
Aunty Lorrine Tye travelled from Wiradjuri County (Wagga Wagga) and moved through the appropriate cultural protocols with the Wurundjeri Elders. This is more than a Welcome to Country; this protocol is required to seek permission for the event to occur.
The event is only seeking for Wiradjuri to gather — to gain a better understanding of how to be Wiradjuri with each other and to make plans to gather as a cultural group into the future. For the event to be respectful of the practice of Wiradjuri cultural norms and customs, Wiradjuri people must respect the cultural and legal authority of the Wurundjeri people.
Melbourne Giyalang (Group)
As a group of Wiradjuri people and non-Wiradjuri people working in the field of Indigenous Nation Building, we have some big questions.
For example — how do we participate in the governance of our places; exercise our responsibilities of citizenship to our nations and exist culturally with each other?
As Wiradjuri people, we want to make sure our approach is respectful of our people and cultural protocols. As human centred researchers we need to start to find ways to answer these questions.
Wiradjuri is already a Nation. Understandings emerging from current research projects reveal that opportunities must be made for Wiradjuri people to just ‘be’ together to help strengthen the collective identity of the Wiradjuri Nation. This provides an opportunity for self determination. Wiradjuri people in Melbourne will determine how we will be Wiradjuri together and exercise our Wiradjuri citizenship collectively.
To help organise this gathering, we have formed a Giyalang (Group) with the following people and with support for this event from Melbourne School of Government, Melbourne University Law School, and RMIT University Communication Design.
Aunty Lorraine Tye
Aunty Lorraine Tye is a Wiradjuri Elder living at Uranquinty in NSW. Aunty Lorraine is involved in weaving as a sovereign practice and has recently held a ‘sovereign weaving’ event in Wagga Wagga: Dabaamalang Waybarra Miya (mob of people weaving together, acting in concert).
Aunty Lorraine is a member of the Hands On Weavers Inc, a collective of people who enjoy a revival of traditional weaving practices and supports others weavers to place sovereignty as an integral part of weaving as an art practice. She is a current board member of Eastern Riverina Arts.
Aunty Lorraine travelled from Uranquinty to Melbourne to seek permission of Wurundjeri Elders to hold our
Wiradjuri in Melbourne event.
Mark McMillan is a Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW and
is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School.
Mark is a member of formal Indigenous Nation Building research projects and he states that: “...in Australia and internationally – very little studies have been conducted that supports Indigenous nations in the “Identify” phase of their nation building journey.” As a Wiradjuri man and leading the Melbourne Giyalang (Group), Mark says that the Wiradjuri nation is, at this moment, operating within the “Identify” phase of Nation Building. For the Wiradjuri Nation and our citizens, events such as ‘Wiradjuri In Melbourne’ create new connections and possibilities for how we can support Wiradjuri Nation Buidling.
Dean Heta is an Aboriginal Man from Albury Wodonga.
His mother is a Wiradjuri Woman from Narrandera NSW and Dean’s father is of Maori descent and is from the top end of the North Island of New Zealand and is part of the Ngapuhi Tribe.
Dean professional background is in dual diagnosis (Mental Health and Drugs and Alcohol),
he has worked in a number of different roles providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people and their families.
Dean moved to Melbourne 4 years ago from Albury/Wodonga to take up an opportunity with Melbourne Health – Royal Melbourne Hospital as the Aboriginal Service Development Worker. Before joining the University of Melbourne and the Murrup Barak team as the Indigenous Student Support Officer Dean was employed by AFL SportsReady as the Vocational Training and Employment Centre(VTEC) Coordinator.
Todd Fernando is a Wiradjuri man and a Ph.D. candidate specialising in medical anthropology with the Centre for Health Equity and the Melbourne Poche Centre at the University of Melbourne. In addition to teaching into Faculty of Arts subjects, Todd has an academic interest in sexuality, health systems, racial literacy, whiteness studies, and Indigenous global politics. Todd is the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Graduate Students Association and works in close collaboration with the University of Melbourne Chancellery to advance tertiary curriculum, research, and policy.
Emily Munro-Harrison is a descendent of the Wiradjuri people through her mother, who was born and grew up on Wiradjuri Country in Yeoval, NSW. Emily was born on Kaurna Country in Adelaide, and moved to Boonwurung Country in Melbourne as a young child. Emily’s father is English, and migrated to Adelaide with his family from Yorkshire as a child.
Emily has a Bachelor in Social Science (RMIT), a Masters in Environment (University of Melbourne), has undertaken Post Baccalaureate studies in Creative Writing at Columbia University in New York, and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne looking at the ways in which young people practice Aboriginality in urban Victoria. Professional background includes working for state and local Government, in research and evaluation of social justice programs and in youth work. Currently Emily is working as a Research Fellow with the Indigenous Health Equity Unit at the University of Melbourne, on family violence, connection to place and health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as volunteering for youth creative arts and prison programs.
Yoko Akama is Japanese woman who has grown up in several parts of the world, and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is an Associate Professor in Communication Design at RMIT University. She continues to be motivated by facilitating participatory ways to address complex issues. Designing for her is a way to support communication and transformative change to imagine what futures can be created together. Her culture guides how she builds relationships with members of Wiradjuri Nation to accompany and participate in their Nation Building journey.
Peter is both a design practitioner and lecturer in Communication Design at RMIT University. Peter’s practice background is within the advertising and communications industry. Peter has worked for a range of social issue causes and retail corporate clients as both an art director and creative strategist. It is these skills that Peter brings into Indigenous Nation Building projects. Peter states, ‘that by working with key members of the Wiradjuri nation we are aiming to support and create moments for Wiradjuri people to gather, reconnect and talk about their Nation Building journey’.
Bec grew up in Tasmania and has lived in Melbourne for the past 16 years. Bec graduated from RMIT Communication Design with Honours 12 years ago and has since practiced as a Communication Designer with experience in place making, identity development, project management, strategy and copywriting. Bec loves project work and uses her mix of communication design skills to help develop human-centred narratives and design outcomes. Bec also lectures sessionally at RMIT in Communication Design.
All enquiries can be directed to Mark McMillan:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 3 903 53687