As most of you will be aware, growing the female-led Indigenous business sector is an area that we at Murawin are extremely passionate about. Which is why Murawin is very excited to announce that we are collaborating with IBA in their efforts to support the continued growth and development of Indigenous businesses and the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, through their Advancing Women in Business Strategy, to deliver a series of business workshops to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in 14 locations across the country, over the next six months. These free events will include Business Ready Masterclasses, Communicating with Influence Workshops and a series of Business Seminars. To learn more about these events, please contact Murawin Project Officer, Debbie Hoger, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Murawin team travelled to Coffs Harbour this week, to host a series of Community Focus Groups to inform the development of a Coffs Harbour City Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols Document. We are very pleased to be working on this project; the development of this document will significantly assist the Council in providing culturally appropriate services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
This week we also finalised the Parramatta Project, in which we completed a Report on the Aboriginal Stakeholder Engagement for the Parramatta North Heritage Growth Centre. We firmly believe this project is a wonderful opportunity for healing, enabling self-determination and contributing to changing the social and economic trajectories of those women and their families who are linked to the site, as well as a great time and opportunity to grow the economic potential of the area in the context of Aboriginal culture and businesses.
Earlier this year, Westpac supported Murawin to launch out Morning Sky Project at Barangaroo. Through this support, Carol was also introduced to Ruby Connection, which is an interactive community designed to connect, educate and inspire like-minded women and to assist women in building sustainable & profitable futures, something which aligns perfectly with the principles behind The Morning Sky Project.
Carol recently featured in an article on the Ruby Connection website, where she spoke about women in the Indigenous business sector.
To read the article, visit: https://rubyconnection.com.au/insights/women-in-business/women-indigenous-business-sector-growth-brings-hope.aspx
To learn more about Ruby Connection or follow their stories, visit their Facebook Page.
Last Thursday, 26th July, Carol led a workshop with Sydney Development Circle (SDC) exploring Makarrata. Discussions centred around the need for truthful conversations at every level of Australian civil (and political) society about Indigenous history, rights and concerns.
Thanks to Robyn Hutchinson for organising this event and to the UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research for making the venue possible. We look forward to future collaborations with SDC.
SheEO is a "radically redesigned ecosystem that supports, finances, and celebrates female innovators". This incredible initiative launched in Canada back in 2015, and has emerged as a leading global innovation that is totally unique. Rather than trying to fit women into the existing models and systems and level the playing field, SheEO is creating an entirely new field!
What exactly is it? Well, the model brings together 500 women (Activators) in each year’s cohort, who contribute $1100 each as an Act of Radical Generosity. The money is pooled together and loaned out at zero percent interest to five women-led ventures selected by the Activators. The loans are paid back over five years and then loaned out again, creating a perpetual fund which we will pass on to our daughters, nieces and granddaughters.
Murawin Managing Director, Carol Vale, is proud to announce that she has already signed up to be an Activator, and is so excited to support this amazing initiative and provide real support to other incredible women-led businesses in Australia.
Last week, one of our highlights of NAIDOC was attending the inaugural National NAIDOC Women's Conference at UNSW in Sydney. This conference was such a beautiful tribute to this years NAIDOC theme, Because of Her, We Can, a true celebration of the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation, both today and throughout history.
With over 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates attending across the two days, the conference was a beautiful experience of women sharing knowledge and wisdom. Carol had a Morning Sky Project stall at the event also, and the response to the Project was incredible! It was a great two days of catching up with old friends and colleagues, as well as making new connections!
Have you checked out this wonderful blog by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, about Carol and Debbie? IUIH are doing a series of blogs in celebration of this years NAIDOC Theme, "Because of Her, We Can".
“She sets the most amazing example to me and my kids, of what a person can do when they work hard, are resilient and demonstrate a passion for making a difference in this world,” Debbie says.
Yesterday Murawin team Carol Vale and Matthew Hammond delivered an Indigenous Cultural Competency Workshop to the 2025 Strategy Team, Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, UNSW. UNSW's 2025 Strategic Plan sets out the priorities and themes that will guide UNSW over the next decade as they position themselves as 'Australia’s Global University'.
Our workshop explored with staff, three key themes:
- Critical Histories; exploring the landscape in the context of your workplace – challenges and opportunities. Focussing on cultural intelligence, identity and place.
- Driving Change and engagement with Indigenous stakeholders through the change stages – challenges and opportunities.
- Developing the strategy for journeying into the new world of UNSW 2025 with Indigenous stakeholders. We will focus on strengthening cross cultural communication, engagement and planning.
Thank you very much to the UNSW team for having us; the day was very productive and we enjoyed working through this content together.
We have recently commissioned Freeda Roberts of Dunghutti Creations to create a series of paintings which depict what we are all about with our Morning Sky Project. These are the beautiful paintings she came up with!
We would love to share with you some details about what each one means:
Painting 1: "Breaking the Cycle" This artwork represents the disadvantage gap between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians. The grey area is the disadvantage cycle we are aiming to break. The bright colours represent the gaps we are trying to close. These gaps are education, employment, life expectancy, housing, and health.
Painting 2: “Women in Business” This artwork shows the endless growth and support from all women in business. It represents the women in big companies, small business and sole traders, showing endless support for each other.
Painting 3: “Educating our Children” This artwork shows the creation of a safe environment which allows the older generation to share their stories, wisdom and knowledge to the younger generation. By passing these stories on, there is a brighter future for the children. This is highlighted by the bright orange colour which shows a path between each gathering group of children.
Painting 4: “Building a Positive Future” This artwork represents each community coming together to build and positive future for our children. The hands in the artwork are facing outwards as it symbolises the reach for a bright future. The footprints are walking away from the hands because we are going the distance. We are moving beyond our comfort zone to take the next step in building a positive future that we dream about.
So far through The Morning Sky Project, we have facilitated the donation of Aboriginal resources to over 30 schools, we are running our Tiddas in Business networking group, and we are currently in discussions with various stakeholders about initiating a women in business program. More details on this to come soon hopefully!
The Murawin/Batiba Guwiyal Armidale team hosted a beautiful Family Matters event supported by AbSec last weekend. Instead of having the traditional morning tea, we focused on a cultural theme to which both adults and children participated together through activities and yarning on subjects of building strong community, keeping our children safe and issues concerning families. We enjoyed some beautiful food which included both sweet and savory, employing a few local women to do the catering and help set up the event.
The event was held at Narwan Village community garden in Armidale, and over 30 people came along, with Hazel Vale and Bevan Quinlan facilitating the day. Activities for the children included rock painting and games. The event helped bring together community and create awareness of the importance of building a safe and strong community. Together we discussed the issues of family violence and the high rate of our children being taken from family and community because of violence and sexual abuse. Overall, the event was a great community day and we look forward to the 2019 Family Matters Week.
Last Friday, 11 May 2018, Murawin's Carol Vale and Matthew Hammond attended the launch of the NSW Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP), which was held at the new premises of the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC) at Redfern. Carol has recently joined their Board of Directors, and so was very excited to attend this launch.
The APP aims to grow Aboriginal businesses in the state, and support an additional 3,000 Aboriginal jobs. The policy is yet to be released, but includes a 3% target for all NSW Government goods and services contracts being awarded to Aboriginal businesses by 2021.
For more information about the APP and the NSWICC, contact the NSWICC.
Last Thursday saw us host our first Tiddas in Business Meet Up and Professional Networking event in Sydney, and what an inspiring morning it was! The gathering was attended by both well-established businesswomen and some who are in the early stages of starting their own business.
We spoke together about our value as women in business, the importance of being passionate about following your dreams, collaborating with others, and of the hard work but incredible outcomes that can come from having your own business.
“All our businesses have a flow-on effect to families," said Carol Vale. “The value of the work and being passionate about what you do impacts everyone around you and new businesses spring up out of that.
Thanks to the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence for hosting us in their lovely venue, and of course, their amazing catering!
Our first sets of ten Riley Callie Resources Indigenous Symbols Cards were sent out to various primary schools in the Sutherland Shire and Central Coast areas of NSW this week, thanks to the financial contribution of Sutherland Shire Family Services, and Kate Kelleher Consulting, who each purchased five sets of these cards to be donated on their behalf.
This initiative is a part of The Morning Sky Project, and we are very excited to be getting these beautiful resources out to primary schools in this way. They are a simple but effective way to increase cultural insight of children. Empowering children and young people educationally is a key foundation of The Morning Sky Project and this is a small but important way we are contributing to this. If you are interested in purchasing some to donate to schools in your area, please get in touch! We would love to hear from you!
Last week, Murawin Managing Director Carol Vale, attended the prestigious 28th annual, 2018 Global Summit of Women, an international event that has been dubbed "Davos for Women". This year the event was held in Sydney, and Carol joined more than 1,000 global leaders from the private and public sector across 65 countries. The theme this year was: "Women: Creating Economies of Shared Values", and included a Ministerial Roundtable, Women CEO Forum, Male CEO Forum and Global Women's Leadership Awards Gala Dinner.
"Phenomenal" is the word Carol would use to describe the experience. The event explored:
- How to ensure women's access to digital technology and STEM education
- Opening up global markets for women's enterprises of all sizes (very relevant to our Indigenous women-led businesses!)
- Securing alternative energy sources for future growth and protecting our limited natural resources
- Bridging the gap between economic growth and social inclusion (another very relevant topic for Indigenous Australia).
- Creating companies of shared leadership.
Wow! What a morning! Today was the official launch of The Morning Sky Project, a new Murawin initiative around the empowerment of Aboriginal women, children and young people, educationally and economically. This is an area very close to our heart here at Murawin, and we feel we have the potential to make a real difference in people's lives through our work. We would like to thank Westpac for their support of today's launch at Barangaroo in Sydney, and all who attended and supported us.
Amongst other things, today's launch featured 10 successful and driven Aboriginal businesswomen, who highlight how economic empowerment through business can create positive lives for women and their families. These women included:
- Carol Vale, Murawin
- Debbie Hoger, Riley Callie Resources
- Kate Kelleher, Kate Kelleher Consulting
- Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Delvene Cockatoo-Collins
- Patricia Torres, Mayi Harvests,
- Nancy Pattison, Indii Hut
- Sharon Winsor, Indigiearth
- Krystal Hurst and Angie Davis, Gillawarra Arts
- Margret Campbell, Dreamtime Southern X
These women will be featuring in our Indigenous version of a Half the Sky Book, and we look forward to learning more about their journeys over the coming months as we develop this book.
The Morning Sky Project also already includes a Tiddas in Business Facebook Group, which is a culturally safe space for women in business to come together and share wisdom, advice, and generally support one another as we network together. This group has over 100 members and growing! Join us!
Over the coming months, we will begin the other elements to The Morning Sky, including various women's projects in a range of different contexts, and supporting educational opportunities for children and young people. Watch this space!
Next week, Murawin is launching our newest initiative, The Morning Sky Project, which will focus on economically and educationally empowering Indigenous Australians. The launch event is being sponsored by Westpac and will be held at Barangaroo in Sydney.
This project has been inspired by the book Half the Sky, which tells of inspirational stories of women in developing countries who have the drive to establish business opportunities that changed the economic life of their families and their communities in many instances.
The Morning Sky Project has three aspects in its first stages:
The Morning Sky book full of inspirational stories,
Tiddas in Business – an online platform (and Facebook Group) where Indigenous and non-Indigenous business women can exchange advice, support and insights, and
An educational sponsorship program.
For more information, or to find out how you can become involved, please contact Carol at email@example.com
Below: The Morning Sky, artwork by Freeda Roberts at Dunghutti Creations
This month, Murawin started a new project providing the mentoring for the NSW Tafe Supercharge Your Hospitality Career program. We are excited to be a part of this wonderful initiative which is helping some fantastic Koori potential chefs in the making. Murawin's role is in providing mentoring and support to the program participants and it is something we are very passionate about. With our connection to this industry through Game Enough?, we are so pleased we are able to provide support to Indigenous mob wanting to get into the hospitality industry.
It is a ten week pre-apprenticeship program in which participants attend commercial cookery training at Tafe NSW Mt Druitt Campus, as well as one day per week work experience in a premium host venue. There are still a few spots left so anyone Koori mob out there who are interested in being a chef should definitely check it out... there is the guarantee of an apprenticeship following this 10 week course!
Last Thursday, 8 March 2018, at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, Murawin hosted our first International Women's Day Breakfast and Networking event and it can only be described as an absolute success! With over 80 women attending, from all different personal and work backgrounds, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, it was a wonderful morning of sharing and celebrating in the successes of women.
Dr. Lyn Riley and Ms. Hazel Vale, our guest speakers, shared with us their beautiful and inspiring stories, and were truly in line with this year's NAIDOC Theme, 'Because of Her, We Can'. We were also very excited to have the Honourable Linda Burney, MP, join us. The atmosphere in the room could only be described as electric, and we want to sincerely thank everyone who came and helped make it the fantastic morning it was. We plan to make our IWD Breakfast an annual event!
This year's NAIDOC theme is 'Because of Her We Can', and highlights the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women across family, community and society. On IWD this year, we want to celebrate women, our mothers, daughters, aunties, and friends, and the positive contribution they make to our lives. To do this, Murawin is hosting a beautiful breakfast and networking event at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, on 8 March.
Attendees will have the pleasure of listening to Dr. Lynette Riley, our guest speaker for the morning. Dr. Riley is a Wiradjuri & Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree; she is a Senior Lecturer and Leader of Indigenous Strategy in the Faculty of Education & Social Work, The University of Sydney. Lynette has completed her PhD thesis through ACU on “Conditions of Academic Success for Aboriginal Students’.
Gumbayngirr woman, Hazel Vale, will also be speaking and sharing with us her insights into working within her home community of Armidale to create positive social change and better outcomes for Aboriginal women, men and children. Hazel has been working for Murawin through Batiba Guwiyal for the past two years and has made such a difference to many people in her community.
Funds raised from this event will go towards providing educational opportunities for Aboriginal children and young people and in Batiba Guwiyal projects. You can purchase your ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/murawin-international-womens-day-breakfast-and-networking-tickets-42649905014?aff=erelpanelorg
We are so pleased that we have received such great interest in our Makarrata Conversational Workshops that are being held next month. Our North Parramatta session booked out within a day, and so we have decided to offer a second workshop that afternoon for anyone who missed out on registering for the morning workshop. There are still plenty of spaces available at our Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast workshops, so any Queensland mob out there interested in attending, get onto Eventbrite now!
If you're interested in learning more about Makarrata and the role we can all play, these workshops are a must. You can also find some interesting information about Makarrata's history here: