Being on country and learning from Elders and senior men and women allows communities to draw on long-held wisdom and to reconnect to the strengths of cultural knowledge… Elders can teach and pass on knowledge about country, story, song and ceremony, ensuring that the culture will be strong through the generations.’ (Healing Foundation 2012)
Boon Wurrung Elder Fay Stewart-Muir (VACL) and Sarah Bingle (CCLC) in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (RBGV) established the Balee Koolin Bubup Bush Playgroup for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families based in the Stringybark bushland at the RBGV.
The shared partnership goal is literacy; supporting children's emergent literacy development as well as plant literacy, and cultural and traditional language development.
Aboriginal families value:
Boon Wurrung Country: the playgroup is based on the traditional lands of the First Boon Wurrung Peoples, proud custodians and protectors of the land of ‘The Great Bays’ in south-central Victoria. The bushland setting provides a culturally meaningful space for children and families to learn about traditional Boon Wurrung Country, language and culture through the landscape of the Australian bush.
The significance of Balee tree flower symbolises the young child supported and sustained by the tree, which represents family and community.
What we did: