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Film Premiere: Cultural Burning for Resilience
'Cultural Burning for Resilience’ is an Aboriginal-led community project, supported by the University of Wollongong's Global Challenges Program and Treading Lightly Inc.  The action research project brings together Aboriginal high school students with Yuin Elders and cultural land management practitioners from the South Coast to learn about good fire, bad fire, and connection to Country.

This beautifully edited and compelling short film demonstrates the power of hands on enquiry-based learning that celebrates cultural fire knowledge. 

 “I’m pretty sure this is the best thing I’ve watched all year! God I loved it!” 
- Jaymee Beveridge, Woolyungah Indigenous Centre 

Many students involved in the project experienced the 2019/2020 bushfires firsthand. In response to the bushfires, and followed by COVID, the Cultural Burning for Resilience project was supported by the UOW Global Challenges program as part of its ‘Disaster and Crisis’ initiative, dedicating funding for interdisciplinary projects addressing disaster response in our region. Matched funding was also provided by the South Coast based NGO Treading Lightly Inc., who fund projects that build resilient communities and make positive changes for a sustainable future. 

The project was a collaboration between Yuin Indigenous Elders and community – Ulladulla Local Aboriginal Land Council and local Yuin cultural fire practitioners; students from Nowra, Bomaderry, Ulladulla and Batemans High Schools; researchers from the University of Wollongong, Treading Lightly Inc.; and Mane Collective Video Production.

The project team invite you to join us for the first live screening of the film.

Dec 8, 2021 02:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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