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Learning from Traditional Custodians in the west

Recently CFA supported Wadawarrung Traditional Custodians with a cultural burn at Stoneleigh, which provided a unique learning opportunity. 

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First Nations people and fireys keep traditions alive together

Traditional Owners, firefighters, vegetation management officers and other stakeholders have come together to preserve culturally and ecologically important traditions in West Wimmera.

Dandenong fire truck sports Aboriginal artwork

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Starting from Monday, 22 June Dandenong’s main fire truck will feature two displays of professional Aboriginal artwork on both sides of the appliance.

Inclusion Training Package now available

The Inclusion and Fairness team has launched an online Inclusion Training Package on the CFA Learning Hub that was developed by SBS.

The Inclusion and Fairness team has launched an online Inclusion Training Package on the CFA Learning Hub that was developed by SBS.

Updating the Koori Inclusion Action Plan

CFA's Koori Inclusion Action Plan (KIAP) is in the process of being revised and refreshed.

CFA's Koori Inclusion Action Plan (KIAP) is in the process of being revised and refreshed.

CFA celebrates Reconciliation Week 2020

Wednesday 27 May marks the start of National Reconciliation Week 2020.

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May – 3 June and is a week for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, cultures and achievements and learn about what each of us can do to support the national reconciliation effort.  

Skipton Common Traditional Owner burn

In early 2019 CFA was asked to partner with the Wadawurrung Aboriginal Corporation to help with traditional burning on the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

This work was coordinated by Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (CMA) thanks to funding from the Federal Government. The aim was to support and provide knowledge about Indigenous burning in Western Victoria. This project was one of many that supported natural resource management by working with traditional owners to protect threatened ecological species.

Framing respect around the state

'It starts with respect' film showcases CFA's engagement with Aboriginal communities around the state.

'It starts with respect' film showcases CFA's engagement with Aboriginal communities around the state.

Tour a unique learning experience

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Traditional knowledge holders of the Eastern Maar have taken volunteers and staff from Districts 6 and 7 on a guided tour through the Volcanic Plains near Colac and Camperdown, sharing dreaming stories, local history and cultural fire and land management practices. 

NAIDOC Week - Cultural Heritage at CFA

NAIDOC week is a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

NAIDOC week is a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. 

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.

Dandenong Fire Brigade today (10 July) joined the NAIDOC Week 2019 Children’s Day held at Greaves Reserve. 

Working together for a shared future - NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week 2019 will be celebrated by Australians from all backgrounds between 7 and 14 July.

NAIDOC Week 2019 will be celebrated by Australians from all backgrounds between 7 and 14 July.

Celebrating cultural fire knowledge and practice

More than 40 CFA people attended a national Indigenous fire workshop led by the Yorta Yorta people held last week along the Dhungala (Murray River) in Barmah.

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..

CFA walks together with Indigenous communities

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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.

Enhancing traditional burning knowledge

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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.

Working together to care for country

A Smoking Ceremony at CFA Headquarters provided insights into the importance of ancient Indigenous practices involving fire to the way we live today

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.

Smoking ceremony at Bamawm Extension Fire Station to protect firefighters

A Smoking Ceremony will be conducted by Wolithiga Elders to protect CFA firefighters during this year’s summer Fire Danger Period.

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’.

KIAP in Action (short film)

Stories of Engagement and Respect

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.  

D14 receives book to inspire action for NRW

D14 celebrates National Reconciliation Week with a special gift to each brigade.

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.

Rochester Fire Brigade continues its reconcilation journey

Brigade members continue to increase their knowledge of local Indigenous culture.

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.

National Reconciliation Week 2017

Encouraging our members to take the next steps

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.

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Lake Tyers cultural day, 2015. Photograph by Akiko Nakagawa