Decolonizing Collaborations – Creating Tools for Transformation

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00


Explore the theme Now more Than Ever in Reconciliation Week with First Nation leaders.

Venue: Murnong Gallery, 100 High Street Glen Iris, VIC 3146

This event is hosted by Initiatives of Change Australia in partnership with Reconciliation Victoria as part of their official program for Reconciliation Week.

Andrew Gunstone – Co- chair from Reconciliation Victoria will be launching his new book Reflection On the Voice . Andrew will be sharing a few insights about next steps for Reconciliation and will be signing copies of the book which will be for sale. All proceeds will be contributed to a First Nations PhD truth telling scholarship.

Join us at The Murnong First Peoples Gathering Place in heart-centred conversations and choose from a collection of compelling workshops.

Discover how to create tools for transformation when engaging in collaborative projects with First Peoples. Understand cultural loads , structural inequities, and opportunities for reciprocal relationships. Feel empowered to make change with a community of practise gathered around a culture of care. Participants are invited to choose from one of the following workshops:

  • Fire-side yarn with Uncle Glenn Loughrey, Wiradjuri speaker, artist & writer.
  • Weaving Circle with Merilyn Merm Duff, Trawoolway artist and facilitator.
  • Wayapa Wuurrk, Earth mindful movement practice by Mark Lumley, Yorta Yorta Wiradjuri Wayapa practitioner.
  • Feather Flowers Making traditional crafts with Bianca Easton Boon Wurrung creative facilitator. Limited to 12 participants

Non-indigenous participants are invited to understand some of the cultural loads and unconscious bias faced by First Peoples when collaborating on a project. The workshops are designed to engage in deep listening while making and consider how we might reframe a problem from a deficit lens to one with a resource lens with an inclusive solution. The workshops will attract individuals and reconciliation teams for personal and professional development from community leaders, property, education, and health sectors.


We will try to accommodate your first preference of workshop choice , however some workshops have limited spaces and will be filled on a first to register basis

‘About Now more than Ever'

The theme ‘Now More Than Ever’ chosen by Reconciliation Australia responds to the failed referendum in 2024 and the hope for Treaty in Victoria to lead other states in Australia. Many non-indigenous people would like to know how they can meaningfully participate in the delicate dance of reconciliation. Many people are mindful of the current cultural load on First Peoples and would like to help progress self-determination but are not sure how.

With over 65 years of history walking together with First Peoples, Initiatives of Change Australia ( IofCA) have delivered 83 truth telling forums led by First Peoples in the past three years. During this time Turruk: our cultural intelligence program has engaged over 30 First Nations leaders with over 3440 registrations . In 2021 it won a United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award, as part of the IofC International Trustbuilding Program. Along the way IofCA have discovered some useful patterns of walking together to deliver immersive and transformational cultural learning experiences. For this event and others, we support aligned grass roots organizations like the Murnong First Peoples Gathering Place in Glen Iris, to provide a culturally safe place in inner Southeast Melbourne.

We also know that many Elders are encouraging emerging First Nations leaders and different voices can have their say about solutions in closing the gap. We know that traditional panels can often be overwhelming when addressing some of the root causes of intergenerational trauma and cycles of lateral violence. It is often in the smaller breakout groups that some of the lesser heard Indigenous voices can share their truth and can have more meaningful reciprocal exchanges with allies.