MENTORING THROUGH MEN AND WOMEN'S BUSINESS - CULTURAL KNOWING
We mentor Indigenous people embedded in Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing as part of their practice. Tjanara did her PhD in 'sacred leadership' based on higher levels of thinking and utilises educational psychology and human psychology to understand a person's way of being. Our men mentor our young men in various settings, Universities, prisons and mental health services. We sustain cultural knowledge through passing it on to younger people through workshops, sharing and caring.
Each year we do residential workshops and retreats as part of our Men's Business and Women's Business programs for interested people to attend supported by scholarships and voluntary services. We introduce young people to organisations or individuals who can support their personal and professional development through regular engagements.
We do professional education for all health, education and social service, public policy practitioners on Aboriginal cultural business to support trauma recovery and recovery services in mental emotional and social health. We utilise our psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, school counsellors, teachers, allied health professionals, community development workers, politicians, media and others in increasing their knowledge of engagement and working with our mob.
We design workshops for professionals in trauma informed recovery management, family systems knowledge for dependency, addiction and abuse recovery. For communities we do Healing and Recovery workshops called Discovery & Recovery to understand generational trauma and how to utilise Indigneous and non-Indigenous techniques for healing and recovery.
WHO WE ARE
FIRDA is made up of CIRCLES that govern our work, plans and management. These are based on cultural governance structures and in Aboriginal ways of Being Doing and Thinking.
CIRCLE of ELDERS From a number of communities who are the visioners of our work.
CIRCLE of PROFESSIONALS Four Indigenous men and women who work together and who have PhDs, Masters and Undergraduate degrees in our fields of social work, community development, health and social sciences, arts and communications, visual arts and Indigenous Studies. We utilise contractors for other services such as psychiatry and psychology.
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS We have a number of partners who provide emotional and monetary support to our work, who do not work for us but think our work is very important.
CIRCLE OF SUPPORT AGENCIES We have a number of partner agencies who are philanthropists or moral supportive agency in human rights, social services etc.
We are members of our State based Councils of Social Services and other relevant agencies.
CORE CIRCLE Based in Canberra ACT
National Convenor (Adjunct)Assistant Professor Tjanara Goreng Goreng
National Project Manager Ms. Arika Errington
National Agency Partners Manager Ms. Kerrie Shepherd
Chief Operating Officer Vacant
Men's Business Convenors Dr. Paul Collis and Mr. Richie Allan
Women's Business Convenors Tjanara Goreng Goreng and Kerrie Shepherd
We are currently in the process of registering as a Charity under Australian Law.