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Welcome Boorai to Country, This Wednesday

GEGAC’s Marion Tuiono adds designs to possum skins ahead of Wednesday’s Welcome Boorai to Country ceremony. Photo: Troy Brown/GEGAC

This Wednesday, 10 April, GEGAC is hosting a Welcome Boorai to Country ceremony.

Welcome Boorai to Country is for Indigenous families that may have missed out on participating in our Welcome Baby to Country ceremony in the last few years, or who have recently returned to country.

During the ceremony, Gunaikurnai Elders welcome children to the lands of the Gunaikurnai people and present them with a possum skin and clapsticks.

Children do not have to be a part of the Gunaikurnai community to get welcomed.

They can come from any clan in Australia and still attend and be a part of this ceremony.

So, with open arms we look forward to welcoming all-indigenous kids for Welcome Boorai to Country on Wednesday.

It will be held at the Riviera Christian Centre, 103 Bairnsdale, Dargo Rd, starting at 10am. Lunch will be provided.

Koorie Families as First Educators

Welcome Boorai to Country was organized by GEGAC’s Koorie Families as First Educators team, and Boorai Supported Playgroup team.

The Koorie Families as First Educators (KKFFE) team provides a confidential service for all families who have Koorie babies and children aged 0-5.

It focuses on positive parenting programs to build families’ confidence, and to recognise the parents as the child’s first educators.

The KFFE team supports and educates young families by offering education in parenting-based programs.

Here is a list of what the KFFE team can offer if you are ever in need for assistance:

  • Focusing on child outcomes facilitated by parents
  • Enrolling families into parenting programs
  • Conducting home visits
  • Early intervention and prevention approach to develop parent’s capacity to support their children’s early learning and development, and
  • Help with accessing services such as counselling, police, legal assistance, medical care and other relevant services and agencies.

As it says in the title, the Welcoming Boorai to Country ceremony is very much a part of our culture, and indigenous culture in general.

When asked about the importance of this ceremony, Aunty Margeret Pearce says “It’s about the kids being a part of our culture.”

“It’s about welcoming,” she says. “You don’t have to be Gunaikurnai to be a part of this.”

We here at GEGAC are always welcoming with open arms.

KFFE’s Marion Tuiono says “no matter where you come from, we just want every kid and everybody to be able to feel welcomed whilst being on the lands of the Gunaikurnai people.”

If you have any questions, you can contact the KFFE team at 5152 0846, the Boorai Supported Playgroup team at 5152 0850, or drop by the Boorai building at GEGAC during business hours.

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