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QLD Reconciliation Week/Mabo Day Yarning Circle 2022 - First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee Event

Event Details
Date: 28 May 2022
Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
State: Qld
CPD hrs: 3
CPD Category: Category 3: Professional Identity - Attending an AASW Event
Organiser: Qld Branch First Nations & Allies Sub-Committee
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National Reconciliation Week/Mabo Day Yarning Circle 2022 - Qld

The AASW QLD Branch First Nations and Allies sub-committee are facilitating a series of Yarning Circles to mark significant annual First Nations celebrations and occasions.

The objective of the yarns is to create connection and to provide space for safe exploration of culture and justice for First Nations peoples and the role and responsibilities of Social Work among First Nations peoples.

To contribute to this, the First Nations and Allies Sub-committee will be holding a practical workshop to share, explore, discuss and demonstrate:

  • Place names project
  • Advocacy work
  • Save the Date to workplaces
  • Drafting letters/petition to local councils for place names/dual signage.

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Welcome to Country Ceremony - SONGWOMAN MAROOCHY BARAMBAH

Maroochy Barambah, of Turrbal-Gubbi Gubbi ancestry, was born on Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve in Queensland. She is the Songwoman and Law-woman of the Turrbal Tribe.

Maroochy attended the Melba Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts where she graduated in Dramatic Arts. Maroochy has had extensive involvement in the Aboriginal community over the last 5 decades. She has delivered several lectures on Aboriginal culture at various institutions and was a keynote speaker at the Australian Reconciliation Convention in Melbourne.


When: Saturday 28 May 2022 - 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Venue: Brisbane Workers Community Centre, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Qld 4064 - register to the right.
* Catering and refreshments will be provided.

Qld Branch - Reconciliation Week / Mabo Day 2022 Flyer

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Open to all Social Workers and colleagues!!

Meet the First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee

Yaleela Torrens is a proud Gooreng Gooreng & Bundjalung woman and Social Worker who currently lives and works on her ancestral lands of the Gladstone region. Yaleela has worked across a variety of Social Work fields including the specialisation of Child-Centered Play Therapy. Currently Yaleela is employed as the Senior Social Worker at Nhulundu Health Services where her duties include, providing culturally sensitive counselling, case management and advocacy. Yaleela is a Board member of the Play Therapy Practitioners Association and a current BMC Member and Co-convenor of the First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee within the Qld Branch of the AASW.

Karina Maxwell is a proud Ngugi woman from the Quandamooka nation whose family originates from Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), and currently works and resides on Turrbul land. She has worked in a number of areas with First Nations people and also in mainstream government and community organisations. Karina is the former Deputy Chair of the Murri School Board and works on a casual basis tutoring with UQ in the Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work school as well as with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unit. Currently working in a non-Indigenous organisation in mental health supporting workers with a psychological injury due to the workplace. Karina is also a current BMC Member, Co-convener of the First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee within the Qld Branch of the AASW.

Beni McKenzie's cultural background is Anglo-Celtic and he grew up in Kallangur near the confluence of the Pine Rivers on Turrbal land. Beni tries to learn and listen to the land he is on and the stories and deep history of this vast continent. Beni offers himself as an ally for First Nations peoples and communities.

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