Yarra Healing Process

Yarra Healing focuses on Indigenous people of Melbourne who belong to the Kulin Nation - the Wurundjeri, the Wathaurong, the Boon Wurrung, the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung people. It invites visitors on a journey of discovery and understanding about our local Indigenous peoples and their heritage.

Yarra Healing also has a particular focus on Reconciliation. The site features the many ways in which community, deanery, parish and school groups are demonstrating their commitment to Reconciliation through a range of events, practical initiatives, policy statements and projects. Visitors to this site are encouraged to consider how they might become involved with and support community efforts to advance Reconciliation.

As with other websites, visitors are free to 'sample' and explore in random and unstructured ways the many different items of information. However, to gain full advantage from this website, it is suggested that visitors engage in an inquiry/praxis approach to their investigation of the site. This involves the following elements:

  • collecting and scrutinising initial information
  • asking questions
  • reflection on new knowledge and interaction with others
  • synthesis of new knowledge
  • planning for and taking action

In exploring the site's many components, it is hoped that visitors will be drawn into a process of constructing new understandings and attitudes. Visitors are encouraged to reflect on their 'journey of discovery' through articulating to and with others their answers to the following questions:

  • What have I learned?
  • Why is it important?
  • What difference does it make?
  • What can I do with my new learning?

Expected Learning Outcomes

Underpinning the selection of stimulus materials for Yarra Healing is the expectation that they will be used in a variety of ways and for differing purposes and outcomes. Particularly in classroom settings, much will depend on which materials are used, the context in which they are utilised, as well as the age, competencies and previous learnings/understandings of students.

This broad range of learning outcomes is therefore proposed with the expectation that teachers will adapt, extend or modify them according to what they hope to achieve with and for the students in their care.

Learning Outcomes

  • An increased awareness of Indigenous people and groups comprising the Kulin nation, and of the stories which have affected and continue to affect their lives;
  • A heightened capacity to empathise with the experiences of loss and dispossession which characterises the history of Indigenous people and groups in post-contact times;
  • An increased awareness of current issues (of local and national significance) affecting Indigenous communities;
  • An increased knowledge of and appreciation for the diversity and depth of community organisations and initiatives that are dedicated to the advancement of Reconciliation with Indigenous Australians;
  • A commitment (or strengthened commitment) to working actively within the community for justice and Reconciliation with Indigenous Australians and all people who share this homeland.