As part of a VACCA led cultural project, a group of year eight students from Thornbury High School have explored Port Phillip Bay from traditional Aboriginal and marine science perspectives.
Through a series of workshops and a one-day sailing expedition to Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, the students learnt to care for sea country, why it’s important to do so while gaining skills in multimedia.
Inspired by the stories and learning’s with Boonwurrung Elder Aunty Carolyn Briggs and marine scientist Harry Breidhal, the student’s then created digital stories about their experience.
Who the students worked with:
• Marine scientist Harry Breidhal – shared learnings about the Bay’s marine ecology and importance of environmental management
• Boonwurrung Elder, Aunty Carolyn Briggs – shared knowledge, traditional language and stories of the Bay’s Aboriginal heritage, particularly the ‘Time of Chaos’
• Filmmaker Jon Staley from Youthworx – guided the students to edit and create their own digital story about their experience
• Pelican Expeditions – chartered a one-day sailing trip to Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary on board their flagship catamaran Pelican 1.
‘What I learnt is to respect the land and the baang (water); to think about the barerarengar (country), warreeny (ocean); to look after our bubup (children).’ – Maria
‘I learnt the importance of sharing stories. If they aren’t shared they’ll be lost forever!’ – Latisha
‘The two stories from Harry and Aunty Carolyn were identical, knowing the science was proving that Aunty Carolyn’s stories were true, was amazing. It was beautiful seeing the oceans beauty and feeling the water and knowing how it was cared for years ago by the people of the land and the creatures of the warreeny.’ -Yemurraki
Connecting to Sea County is a collaborative project delivered through the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) with Elder, Aunty Carolyn Briggs from the Boonwurrung Foundation, Youthworx Media, Pelican Expeditions and Thornbury High School.
Connecting to Sea Country is funded by Newsboys Foundation, City of Melbourne, Darebin and Yarra School Focused Youth Service (SFYS), the Australian Government through its Indigenous Culture Support Program and The Kimberley Foundation.