On the 05th of September, the EACH Health Promotion Team supported Maroondah City Council to run their very first ‘Bushtukka’ session facilitated by Cassie Leatham from Wild Blak Arts. The first session was in such popular demand it booked out almost immediately with a total of 60 people from Maroondah attending.
Cassie Leatham is from the Taungurung/Wurundjeri people from the Kulin Nation. She is an Indigenous artist, master weaver, traditional dancer, bushtukka woman and educator.
She is extremely passionate about teaching her skills to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students of all ages. Her aim is to give participants the opportunity to learn and understand Aboriginal culture and develop knowledge of both historical and contemporary Aboriginal history.
Cassie talked about making her own range of bush spices and teaching others how to cook with them. Early Childhood staff learned how to identify native indigenous plants; and their traditional and medicinal uses. Cassie’s knowledge is significant for teaching the ways of her people and the importance of bushtukka in aboriginal culture.
“By attending Cassie’s Bushtukka session it enables people to create a real sense of belonging and inclusion by recognising and celebrating Indigenous children and families heritage” said Catherine Delaney, Health Promotion Officer EACH.
The EACH Health Promotion Team had a stand at the Bushtukka event to showcase the incredible projects Early Childhood Services and Schools have been involved in to embed Aboriginal culture across Maroondah and Knox. These projects were made possible by the EACH Health Promotion Aboriginal Small Grants Project which has been running for the past 2 years.
For more information on this initiative or how your school can improve the health and wellbeing of students, staff and families, please contact Catherine Delaney, Health Promotion Officer on (03) 9757 6278 (Catherine.email@example.com.) or Cathie Wills (Children’s Services Project Officer, MCC) on Cathie.Wills@maroondah.vic.gov.au.