To celebrate reconciliation day and Naidoc Week, Federation Training Koori students have been busy spreading their learnt culture to the wider community.

As a gift to the Bairnsdale Regional Hospital the students presented a painting that they designed and painted as part of their end of year exhibition.

The painting was contemporary and designed to represent those within the community that use the hospital. It incorporated the handprints of community members as the base of the image and integrated Koori symbols which represented the coming together of people to one central meeting place.

Kangaroo prints and other symbols were used to show that the Koori culture is based in the country.

The painting will be displayed at the entrance of the hospitals new wing to welcome both elders and the community to the newly refurbished section of the hospital.

The students also developed gifts for local primary schools and visited the 754 Primary school to educate some of their grade fives and six students on Koori culture.

The children were taught different Koori symbols and what certain artefacts were used for, while also learning how to make their own boomerangs and native animal badges which they were able to take home.

To show their appreciation, two of the primary school girls then performed a dance for their visitors.

Federation Training Koori teacher, Tracey McKeown says “This has been a unique opportunity for our students to learn about their culture and pass this knowledge to the younger generation.

I couldn’t be prouder of the students. The sense of pride in them when it comes to talking about their culture is a wonderful thing to see and a great start heading into Naidoc week,” says Ms McKeown.

Federation Training runs a series of courses in their dedicated Koori unit at the Bairnsdale campus and more information on these courses can be found on our website.