The Morning Sky Project
The Morning Sky Project is an idea inspired by one woman’s vision of seeing the economic freedom of Australia’s Indigenous women become a reality. Several years ago, Carol Vale, Murawin’s Managing Director, a Dunghutti woman, had the experience of reading ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’. This book had a profound impact on her, its passionate call to arms against the oppression of women and girls in the developing world stirring in her a dream to create an Australian Indigenous Women’s ‘Half the Sky’; The Morning Sky Project, in which we see the lives of Aboriginal women transformed through unleashing their economic potential.
Carol herself has a successful business story; a story in which building her own business from the ground up, through dedication, perseverance and hard work, has enabled her to live a life from a position of having created economic freedom for herself. It is her own business success which has enabled her to now be in a position where she can invest in her daughters’ business vision; this investment has opened up the possibilities of economic freedom for the next generation in her family. It is this which has inspired Carol and the Murawin team to help other women make the same journey for themselves, their families and their communities.
Our Morning Sky Project is twofold. It focuses on
a) The economic empowerment of Indigenous Australian women. Our ultimate goal is to transform the lives of Indigenous women through unleashing their economic potential, which in turn will help to drive social and economic change in the lives of their families and communities. We will do this through culturally appropriate support, business mentoring, and leadership development. For more information about this, please see Tiddas in Business.
b) The educational empowerment of our children and young people. We are contributing towards this through our Early Childhood Educator Workshops. These workshops include a two hour educator session for early childhood staff delivered by experienced Murawin cultural educators, and a one hour ‘Buthikarrung’ (Dunghutti for ‘little one’) workshop, aimed at children aged 3 to 6 years old and designed to help promote greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being in the early learning environment.
Some testimonials from early childhood centres who have participated in our workshops:
“Thank you for sending Danielle in today to teach us some of the Aboriginal games. Our children and staff really enjoyed it and we would love to have her back in the future.” KU Union, Sydney
“Thank you for the workshop, we thoroughly enjoyed it and have learnt so much!” Fiona Jones, Centre Director, Anchorage Early Learning
“The training was fantastic, we really enjoyed it, and Matt and Bron are amazing. They gave us nice information, and great support, so please let them know that we are very grateful with the help that they offered us.” Cristina Gimeno, Lighthouse Early Learning Centre
We are also very excited about an emerging Indigenous business that Murawin has invested, Riley Callie Resources. Our investment comes as a part of our corporate social responsibility program Wiral Waraati (meaning to transform and shine in the Dunghutti language). We strongly believe that economic empowerment is the key to achieving positive change in our communities and we are passionate about assisting Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators, along in their business journey.
Riley Callie Resources provides innovative educational resources for the early years education learning space. Their focus is on using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as a platform on which to introduce children to Aboriginal Australia, utilising Indigenous contexts and thinking. Riley Callie is run by Debbie Hoger, a Dunghutti woman with a background in science and a busy Mum of two . Through Riley Callie Resources, she draws on her cultural heritage and her passion on seeing the richness and uniqueness of Indigenous Australia being celebrated by all children in the early years learning space. Murawin Cultural Educators draw on Riley Callie Resources material in their early childhood education workshops.
For more information, visit their website at: www.rileycallieresources.com.au