We acknowledge the Turrbal & Jaegera people, traditional owners of the land the Farm is on, and their past, present and emerging Elders.
In October 2016 a Decolonisation Action Group, made up of volunteers including staff and Management Committee members, was formed at the Farm. The group’s purpose is to build partnerships with First Nations peoples and organisations; to build respect for First Nations culture and understanding of the history of colonisation; and to provide opportunities for First Nations people to learn from our education programs, to be facilitators/ teachers on our education programs, and to gain employment at NSCF.
The Decolonisation Action Group (DAG) has decided to use the term ‘First Nations’ rather than ‘Indigenous’ because this is the preferred terminology used by the national advocacy group, the First Nations Congress.
The DAG organises activities which:
- Acknowledge that we are on Turrbal & Jagera land
- Mitigate the harm done by colonisation to the land and its people
- Tell the stories of the history of this place and people
- Support engagement with First Nations people
- Create a space to hear First Nations stories
- Create a culturally safe place
- Employ First Nations people to show we value diversity, acknowledge inequity and to learn from and value their knowledge and skills
- Explore the links between Permaculture and First Nations knowledge and culture.
Grow, Share, Yarn
A quarterly workshop for First Nations participants.
Next: TBA (Early 2022)
At Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria St, Windsor.
All First Nations mobs are welcome to come along and enjoy a morning of sitting, talking, sharing and learning around urban-based bush foods and medicines.
The events will be held every three months, and will include sharing around propagating from seeds/cuttings, soil health, using and identifying foods/medicines, foraging and ‘guerrilla gardening’, connecting stories, and sharing resources.
There will also be some native grain damper cook-ups, native grass weaving, and cups of tea by the fire.
BYO seeds, cuttings or foods/medicines to share, or just come along and take some plants home.
The next Grow, Share, Yarn will be held TBA, 2022, from 10am – 1pm, and will include TBA.
The Northey Street City Farm markets will be happening from 6am – 11am, for you to enjoy as well.
Hope to see you there!
For more information, please email Dominique Chen – email@example.com.
DAG Activities in 2021 – to date
- We have provided a free tour for year five students from the Murri School.
- We have awarded part-scholarship places to 3 First Nations participants on our Permaculture Design Course.
- We have involved First Nations performers at our solstice and equinox events.
- We have held meetings with our First Nations Advisory Group and welcomed Dominique Chen and Jacob Birch to join the group.
- In March we provided a free workshop to First Nations participants – ‘Foodways, Our ways, Always: First Nations Urban Food Growing and Food Usage’ – with the support of a grant from Bank Australia.
- In April we hosted a ‘Decolonising Food Forum’ at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence with First Nations presenters Dominique Chen, Gerry Turpin and Jacob Birch.
- We have changed the FNAG terms of reference to increase the number of members from 4 to 6.
- Held the inaugural Grow, Share, Yarn session run by and for First Nations People.
DAG Activities in 2020
- We held fire-side discussions about decolonisation, white privilege and other related issues.
- Emily McConochie, who was our First Nations Engagement Co-ordinator, ran a public workshop on ‘Remembering our Radical Roots’ in the lead-up to Invasion Day.
- We held a First Nations themed Night Market, with performances from Ethan Enoch, Balairi and a native foods workshop.
- We provided discounted places for teachers from the Murri School to attend our School Gardening workshop.
- We provided a free tour for year 5 students from the Murri School.
- We held meetings with our First Nations Advisory Group (FNAG) and give thanks to our FNAG members for 2020 – Michael Williams, Odette Best, Derek Sandy – for their wisdom and guidance to the farm in our First Nations engagement and decolonising work at the farm.
- We took steps towards ‘decolonising’ our DAG meetings by holding them around the fire.
- We decided to offer half price discounts for First Nations people to attend our Introduction to Permaculture weekend workshop.
- We had First Nations performers at our Summer Solstice event.