'It starts with respect' film showcases CFA's engagement with Aboriginal communities around the state.
Jul 10, 2019
NAIDOC Week - Cultural Heritage at CFA
NAIDOC week is a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Jul 09, 2019
Dandenong brigade supports local NAIDOC Week Children's Day
Dandenong Fire Brigade today (10 July) joined the NAIDOC Week 2019 Children’s Day held at Greaves Reserve.
Jul 03, 2019
Working together for a shared future - NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC Week 2019 will be celebrated by Australians from all backgrounds between 7 and 14 July.
Jun 11, 2019
Celebrating cultural fire knowledge and practice
Indigenous groups, fire agencies and community members enjoyed a week of celebrating cultural fire knowledge and practice, co-hosted alongside the Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation..
May 26, 2019
CFA walks together with Indigenous communities
Monday May 27 to Monday 3 June is National Reconciliation Week – a week for us to reflect on our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and what we can do to improve Aboriginal inclusion and respect across CFA.
Jul 01, 2018
Enhancing traditional burning knowledge
A team of 30 people will travel to the Gulf of Carpentaria later this month to participate in the renowned Jigija Indigenous Fire Training Program – thanks to an Enhancing Volunteerism Grant from the Victorian Government.
Feb 26, 2018
Working together to care for country
CFA staff based in Burwood East had the pleasure of experiencing first hand a traditional Smoking Ceremony conducted by traditional owner, Elder Uncle Collin Hunter, for CFA headquarters.
Nov 13, 2017
Smoking ceremony at Bamawm Extension Fire Station to protect firefighters
A Smoking Ceremony is one of the most significant ancient ceremonies performed by Aboriginal people. The ceremony involves the smouldering of various native plants to produce smoke, which is believed to have cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits and to open up to good spirits, or ‘Biiami’.
Oct 19, 2017
KIAP in Action (short film)
KIAP in Action shares those stories of relationships developed with Traditional Owners and steps taken by Brigades and CFA members to be more welcoming and respectful.
May 31, 2017
D14 receives book to inspire action for NRW
One CFA District was on the front foot for National Reconciliation Week, ensuring every Brigade received a book about Indigenous traditional fire management to help CFA members appreciate our shared culture of fire.
May 28, 2017
Rochester Fire Brigade continues its reconcilation journey
More than six months after Rochester Fire Brigade hosted CFA’s first Smoking Ceremony focusing on safe passage through the fire season, the brigade’s members continue to increase their knowledge of local Indigenous culture.
May 28, 2017
National Reconciliation Week 2017
This year commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey and in 2017 - 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision in 1992. Read the article to find out more.
Lake Tyers cultural day, 2015. Photograph by Akiko Nakagawa