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Indigenous Connections

Humans have long been entrusted to protect Nairm (Port Phillip Bay). In this short film, with subtitles in ten languages, N’arweet Carolyn Briggs AM PhD, Boon Wurrung Elder, shares the Time of Chaos story which tells how Nairm was formed and why we must continue to protect it. 

The EcoCentre respectfully acknowledges the Yalukut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional and continuing custodians of the Port Phillip Bay region, where the EcoCentre is located. We recognise their culture has survived for more than 60,000 years. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and the arrival of Europeans brought massive change to the Australian continent and to its First Peoples. The EcoCentre acknowledges and grieves for the loss by the First Peoples of their land, their children, their health and the impact on their lives.

We commit ourselves to respecting Aboriginal sacred sites and significant places.


‘Once as it was’

'Once as it was' A1 Poster, map conceived and co-ordinated by Dean Stewart

The beautiful ‘Once as it was’ A1 poster shows the ancestral family estates of Melbourne’s First People. It features information on pre-colonial areas around the Bay, such as Birrarung River and Point Ormond, with cultural approvals by Arweet Carolyn Briggs. This map is perfect for school classrooms and offices. Contact us if you’re interested in ordering this resource for your home, school, or workplace. ($5 per poster)

Aunty Carolyn in possum skin cloak

Best Practice Guidelines for Protecting Cultural Heritage Sites

Working closely with the Boon Wurrung Foundation for guidance, we’ve created a flowchart that encapsulates Best Practice Guidelines for Protecting Cultural Heritage Sites. This project outlines how to empower local land managers and Aboriginal groups to proactively protect Cultural Heritage sites from gradual destruction from erosion, weed invation and unmanaged human foot traffic. 

The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.