We support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
WestCASA acknowledges and respects the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the land.
WestCASA is committed to supporting the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and in helping address the causes, prevalence and responses to sexual assault and family violence for indigenous Australians.
Below are some of the ways WestCASA has recently been engaging with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community:
WestCASA has become involved in the Western Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group enabling us establish and strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal services and people in the western region.
The committee has provided a pathway for our service to connect with the local Aboriginal community that we hope will build over time to ensure we provide a relevant service. It also allows our service to play a part in the reconciliation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
WestCASA attended and participated in the Aboriginal Community Day held in Footscray on 3 May 2013. This was an opportunity for people to meet us and get to know about our service, and for us to listen and participate in a facilitated process about identifying the needs of the community and service responses to those.
WestCASA attended the flag raising ceremonies at the Cities of Maribyrnong and Brimbank at the beginning of NAIDOC Week.
WestCASA supported the NAIDOC Week football match at Rockbank, sponsoring the RAMS football team and having a banner on the boundary of the football ground. This was a great day that enabled informal connections to be developed and strengthened.
WestCASA has donated a “tree of hope” to be planted at the Aboriginal Hub in Footscray.