Noah's Ark and Communities for Children Bendigo have collaborated to create a free resource kit to support those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
The Connecting with Culture on Dja Dja Wurring Country video and resource kit was made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Social Services, under the Families and Communities Programme.
Noah's Ark is a not-for-profit disability provider supporting children up to 12 years of age.
Communities for Children Bendigo develop programs to support early childhood development and wellbeing.
The Connecting With Culture kit aims to guide and support services to be welcoming and respectful to Aboriginal families and engage meaningfully with Aboriginal culture.
The kit has been developed with assistance from Dja Dja Wurrung community members.
One of those is Koorie education support officer, a proud Dja Dja Wurrung and Bangerang Traditional Owner Kerri Douglas.
"I was pleased to support Connecting with Culture on Dja Dja Wurrung Country and encourage anyone who is working with Aboriginal families to take a look at the wealth of information included in the video and resource kit.
The kit includes a sample of tools and resources available and emphasises ways of offering and providing respectful work with First Nations People and primarily focuses on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.
Voice of the Aboriginal Family project worker Amanda Lonergan said: "It's been a privilege to engage with the Aboriginal community and learn ways of providing respectful and welcoming services to families."
The kit includes links about how to teach students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, how to develop Reconciliation Action Plans and online, television and language resources.
The resource kit and video can be found online at c4cbendigo.com.au