These are Living Cultures Charitable Purposes that are enshrined in our Constitution.
Living Culture is established to be a charity whose purpose is to advance indigenous culture by educating people about the importance of keeping indigenous culture alive through indigenous led cultural programs designed to empower, educate and engage the community.
Living Culture will continue to advance indigenous culture through programs based on traditional storytelling, stone knapping, smoking ceremonies, artefacts talk and displays, boomerang throwing, spear throwing, traditional fire making and the creation of native indigenous art and craft, including natural grass and fibre weaving
Living Culture will provide education to all audiences including guided walks that incorporate information on bush foods and survival plants, didgeridoo led meditation, ancestry stories and traditional medicine;
Living Culture will provide guided walks designed to recognise and promote an understanding of the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation and to celebrate the continuing living culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Living Culture has a strong focus on the celebration, preservation and protection of traditional culture and practices in Victoria.
Living Culture will act as a body that proactively keeps culture in our wider communities.
PROMOTING RECONCILIATION, MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE BETWEEN GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE IN AUSTRALIA
Living Culture is established to be a charity with the purpose of promoting mutual respect and tolerance between groups of people in Australia, particularly on the Mornington Peninsula by fostering tolerance through education about indigenous culture.
Living Culture will provide educational programs regarding indigenous culture through schools, community groups, private organisations and all levels of government;
Living Culture will recognise the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on the Mornington Peninsula and all other traditional owners where activities may take place;
Living Culture will celebrate the culture of the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation as an integral part of the culture of the Mornington Peninsula community;
Living Culture will ensure that local areas of importance to the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation are respected and that the history of those areas is preserved and promoted in the form of community education.
Living Culture will continue to work with and build upon existing community capacity engagement via a wide range of traditional and contemporary cultural engagement programs with a broad range of stakeholders.
Indigenous adults returning to society from incarceration
Disadvantaged Indigenous youth with a focus on unemployed and under-employed youth.
Indigenous Australian Youth with Alcohol and drug addiction or substance abuse
Youth with a mental illness
All Women affected or suffering from domestic violence.
WHY DO WE RUN THESE PROGRAMS?
Aboriginal people are massively overrepresented in the criminal justice system of Australia. They represent only 3% of the total population, yet more than 28% of Australia’s prison population are Aboriginal. Supporting them by connecting them to culture will reduce recidivism.
To address the disparity between Indigenous Australians and Non Indigenous Australians as a high number of Aboriginal people are not participating in the labour force (44.1%), double the figure for non-Aboriginal people
To provide support towards partnerships and pathways to reduce reliance on addiction and to reduce the flow on effect of homelessness. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have four times the rate of homelessness compared to other Australians.
To provide connection to the wider communities resources and connectivity to cultural engagement in their Country, to help bridge the significant and recognised gap between Indigenous Australians and Australians. This can occur through the provision of traditional and natural healing, provided in a safe space for people to connect.
Living Cultureoffers employment opportunities to indigenous through community work.
Living Culture facilitates cultural workshops focussing on traditional men’s and women’s business and on a return to traditional indigenous production such as didgeridoo and clapsticks making, stone knapping, artefacts, spear throwing and boomerang throwing. This achieves connection to culture and sense of pride in their culture and encourages pride to identify as Aboriginal and begin to pass that pride on intergenerationally resulting in an improvement in mental health.
Workshops focussing on men’s business anecdotally results in reduction of drug abuse and improvement in mental health.
Living Cultureprepares youth for employment opportunities to reduce underemployment of Indigenous youth.
As we expand capacity, we envision a permanent space for people to come and access all we offer.
Living Culture provides a culturally appropriate pathway to indigenous Australians to connect to ancestral learnings and address intergenerational trauma.
Living Culture provides a forum for the wider Australian community to connect with Indigenous Australians.
We work across a wide range of providers including government, corporate and individual groups and we will continue to build on these relationships. We work in collaboration and partnership with a variety of government and non-governments stakeholders.
Living Culture works with schools on the Mornington Peninsula to educate youth in the importance of Indigenous culture. We work alongside Local Government to deliver culturally appropriate programs for events such as NAIDOC, Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day. We also work in collaboration and partnership with peak mental health bodies to mentor disadvantaged youth and provide cultural programs through professional development for staff and act as a resource.
We work with leading Indigenous organisations including LAECG (Local Aboriginal Education Consolative Group) Bunjilwarra, Nairm Marr Djambana, Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association, VACCA (Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency) Kaptify, Baluk Arts, Bunurong Land Council, Boonwurrung Foundation. These organisations use the services of Living Culture to support them to deliver services to indigenous people inuding support health service delivery in the areas of drug and alcohol addiction.
We work with Mornington Peninsula Shire & Peninsula Health on education development for employees, teachers and educators engage with cultural protocol in a contemporary setting.
Recently, Living Culture worked with Australia Post on the promotion of Australia’s indigenous cultural identity.
Living Culture works extensively with local secondary and primary schools providing incursions, excursions , cultural education walks and talks as well as presentations and smoking ceremonies. We educate about indigenous culture to promote reconciliation and bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.