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Indigenous Round Table
Purpose: The Mount Alexander Shire Indigenous Roundtable provides a forum for community members and community organisations to share ideas and resources that are relevant to the local Aboriginal community. It also acts as a reference group for actions and progress review relating to Council’s Commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait island Peoples of the Shire.
Membership and Roles: The Roundtable is hosted by Council and co-chaired by the Mayor and Aboriginal elder Uncle Rick Nelson or nominated representatives.
Membership is by invitation from the co-chairs. Invitations will be extended to representatives of community groups, businesses, organisations and government departments with an interest in supporting the Aboriginal community. Membership will prioritise participation of local Aboriginal leaders and will encourage development of younger members of the Aboriginal community.
The Nalderun Upper Loddon Committee will act as an operational group to implement any actions or projects that arise from the Indigenous Roundtable.
Quorum: Four non-Council participants (of which at least two are local indigenous people) and both chairpersons (or their nominees).
The Round Table will meet four times per year at in a venue located within the shire. The forward agenda will be outlined at the end of each meeting and will be finalised by the co-chairs.
Reporting and Circulation:
The Roundtable agenda and documents will be distributed at least five working days prior to the next scheduled meeting.
Notes from each meeting will be circulated to all invitees and Councilors within the fortnight following each round table.
The Roundtable will provide an annual summary to Council in conjunction with an annual report on actions arising from Council’s response to its Commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples of the Shire.
Review Period for Terms of Reference: The Terms of Reference will be reviewed at the first meeting of each year.
Leanganook Yarn’s Natalie Moxham in collaboration with John Bonnice, is offering our community facilitated Self-Reflective Conversations about white privilege, structural racism, decolonisation and allyship. To become good allies and to be a part of making real change in this space, the first thing white people and those within the dominant culture need to do is look hard at ourselves and our own culture. To do this we need to start with reflecting on our understanding and attitude surrounding significant events impacting on Aboriginal people and our own beliefs and values. It is only when we have some knowledge and critique of our own culture and its systemic racism, and our own ingrained and often unacknowledged white privilege that we can go with open hearts and minds to find ways to work with and support Indigenous people and other people of color.
To express your interest in participating in four 2.5 hour sessions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Nalderun
‘Friends of Nalderun’, formerly ‘Nalderun Upper Loddon Events Group’, has been an active group of Aboriginal and other Australians for the past 9 years. This group’s focus is to support the work of the Nalderun Education Aboriginal Corporation. Friends of Nalderun undertakes the planning, organisation and implementation of our annual Reconciliation Week Event, supported the purchase of a property for the organisation, undertakes grant writing, supports the volunteers of Nalderun, and most importantly provides emotional and practical support to the employees of Nalderun.
Nalderun Education Network Group
Nalderun’s Education Network Group meet with local schools four times a year to support and help teachers with Indigenous pedagogy and worldviews, and to incorporate Indigenous content into the curriculum through Aboriginal and Torres Islander protocols. Contact Nalderun via email to find out when the next meeting is coming up if you want to be involved.