As part of its ongoing commitment to building cultural competence in the broader community, the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) will release its unique Katijin Wongi Cross Cultural Awareness Training program materials for free, public use.
Katijin Wongi, which roughly translated means thinking, learning and yarning was developed in 2007 as a two-day training resource specifically designed for Aboriginal Natural Resource Management Facilitators. It was funded by the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP).
Written by Kallip Pty Ltd with extensive input from SWCC’s former Operations Manager, Bill Bennell, Katijin Wongi is a rich and varied program which provides insight into Noongar natural resource management practices prior to colonisation, a political timeline, cultural practices and other topics to consider when working with Aboriginal people in Landcare.
The material is available to any community group or individual to use, under the restrictions of the Creative Commons License Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Australia (CC BY-SA 2.5 AU) which has some simple guidelines to follow which can be viewed at the attached link https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/au/. Note that it includes the Intellectual Property of Aboriginal people that may not be transferred or recreated without the express permission of said IP owners. SWCC is to be contacted in the first instance to facilitate this at [email protected]
Warning to Aboriginal people: This material may contain footage, quotes and/or images of people who have since passed.
If you or your organisation is interested in accessing this unique material please do not hesitate to contact the SWCC Community Engagement Program Manager via [email protected]