Last week, we were with the Every Child Central Queensland team in their communities, Rockhampton (Darumbal country) and Gladstone (Lands of Byellee, Taribelang Bunda, Gurang and Gooreng Gooreng people). The purpose of our visit was to explore how we strengthen connections and work better together.
Over three days we met with a number of local indigenous organisations and leaders. We gained good insights into how Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations are working with vulnerable families and children in the communities.
How did we do that? We met and deeply listened to the stories of the local leaders and yarned together. Then, we reflected and mapped the whole of Rockhampton’s service sector and looked at different ways, so as to see, draw and understand:
- What the system and its networks looks like.
- What the footprint looks like for First Nations people within the community – how strongly are they identified in the service sector or are they seen as fringe dwellers?
- How Every Child CQ connects with the community – what type of relationships exist?
This relationship mapping exercise is important because it brings about a realistic view on how authentic our relationships are. Breaking it down and walking together helped us discover new things about these relationships. In turn we can plan our approach and actions, to better water the garden and close the gaps so that our children thrive.
Thank you for sharing your culture, stories and wisdom. We also believe that every child in the community deserves every chance to reach their full potential and look forward to walking together to make that change.