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Leaders help heal country for NAIDOC Week

Members from CFA District 8 this week took part in a healing country education day at Daangean (Devilbend Reserve) to increase their knowledge around the cultural significance of the land for indigenous communities.. More...

Connecting to country through cultural immersion

Two cultural immersion sessions held in historically significant areas of Victoria have helped CFA members better connect to the country they live and work in and fight fire on. More...

Building cultural awareness at Budj Bim

The first of two cultural immersion sessions held in historically significant areas in South West Region have helped CFA members better connect to the country they live and work in and fight fire on. More...

CFA Celebrates NAIDOC Week 2021

National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations are held across Australia each year to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. More...

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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. More...

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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.  More...

Jun 21, 2020

Dandenong fire truck sports Aboriginal artwork

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

Jun 01, 2020

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.

May 31, 2020

Updating the Koori Inclusion Action Plan

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

May 25, 2020

CFA celebrates 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.  

Dec 17, 2019

Skipton Common Traditional Owner burn

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.

Jul 11, 2019

Framing respect around the state

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

Jul 10, 2019

Tour a unique learning experience

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. 

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.

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Lake Tyers cultural day, 2015. Photograph by Akiko Nakagawa

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