This resource aims to support Aboriginal children and young people to grow in their knowledge of; Who you are, who you belong to, where you belong, where you come from, what you do, what you believe, what symbolises your Aboriginal culture.
The Journey Begins
We provide this resource because we know that increased knowledge of culture can be internalised to support healing, increase protective factors, resilience, self-esteem and pride and lead to better health and wellbeing.
Deadly Story is the result of a partnership between VACCA, SNAICC, The Koorie Heritage Trust, the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owners Corporation and Brightlabs, in conjunction with the Department of Health & Human Services.
Website Content & Feedback
Content areas for the website was determined through a consultation across Victoria in 2017. This process is ongoing and we know that the success of Deadly Story hinges on our capacity to provide diverse, up to date, and culturally appropriate local, state wide and national content and information. To send us your input and feedback, please contact the website Digital Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the coming months, we will be meeting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members and organisations to source new content so that we can continue to build these resources. We will also seek approval from government and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal services and entities to share their content.
Growing in Knowledge
We use this diagram to remind ourselves of all the elements which make up an Aboriginal Child's Cultural Connections
- Who you are (personal identity) - knowing you are an Aboriginal person, knowing your family name
- Who you belong to (family, community) - knowing your family and family connections, your clan and language group
- Where you belong (country) - knowing your traditional land and the stories and totems of that land
- Where you come from (family history, Aboriginal history) - knowing your personal history, the history of your family and the history of Aboriginal peoples
- What you do (cultural expression and events) - participating in cultural events - creative, sporting and community events, learning Koori English and traditional Aboriginal words
- What you believe (cultural values, beliefs and practices) - values like prioritising family relationships and responsibilities, respecting Elders, sharing
- What symbolises your Aboriginal culture - things like the Aboriginal flag, Aboriginal art or music, Aboriginal role models
Deadly Story aims to support Aboriginal children and young people to grow in their knowledge of; Who you are, who you belong to, where you belong, where you come from, what you do, what you believe, what symbolises your Aboriginal culture.
Features of the Website
- An interactive map that will allow users to navigate Australia and learn about the customs, practices and stories of the people and land
- An historical timeline that will highlight significant people, stories and events from before invasion to the present day
- An events calendar that will highlight cultural, sporting and social activities from across Victoria
- A Service Directory that focusses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and the support they provide Interactive games, quizzes, cross word, jigsaw puzzles and colouring in
- Interviews with role models and Elders who make a contribution to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
- The latest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander news Feature articles on Aboriginal art, music, dance, film and books
- A clearing house for available resources and links