We Share: Healing Together

Healing Stories by the Parents and Children of Darebin and Melton VACCA Koorie Kids Playgroup. The parents felt strongly about creating a book to share with community that reflected the importance of coming together, sharing culture and passing this on to all children. The possum skin cloaks became a symbol of culture, belonging and identity throughout the workshops, and helped engage the group in discussions about the importance of culture to them, and the role it plays in their lives.

Thank you to our artists
This book would not have been possible without the creative support of Maree Clarke; Emma Bamblett 
and Jane Harrison.

Maree Clarke is a well-respected figure of the south-eastern Australian Aboriginal community for her 
successful career as a visual artist. In her practice she works to revive elements of Aboriginal culture 
that were lost in the period of colonisation and uses art as a tool to heal some of our country’s 
deepest wounds.

Jane Harrison is a novelist, playwright, researcher and writer. A descendant of the Muruwari people 
of the area around Bourke and Brewarrina in New South Wales, Jane is a playwright and author. 
Her best known plays include Stolen, Rainbow’s End, and The Visitors and her young adult novel 
Becoming Kirrali Lewis was published in 2015.

Emma Bamblett, a descendant of the Wemba Wemba people, was born and raised in Echuca on 
the Murray River. Emma is an artist and a Community Development Team Leader for VACCA. 
Emma has found purpose and meaning in her artwork which represents the stories and 
struggles for vulnerable children, youth and families.

We would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet to create this book. We would also like to pay respect to both Elders past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and The Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Published by Kids’ Own Publishing, 2016. ISBN 978-1-925077-49-0