HUI-NZ-RM-PosterWoor-Dungin is pleased to announce its involvement in the organising committee for the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) Pacific Regional Hui, to be held in Otaki, New Zealand on 8–9 May 2017. Woor-Dungin EO Christa Momot, together with a number of our Aboriginal members, will be attending this truly international event thanks to a grant from the Reichstein Foundation.

IFIP’s mission is to convene Indigenous peoples, donors and foundations in order to advance partnerships that can improve the lives of Indigenous peoples globally, build communities of practice among donors, and address contemporary challenges. As such, IFIP’s mission accords with Woor-Dungin’s own work in our Respectful Relationships program.

The Hui (a term meaning ‘assembly’ originally from the Maori and now used more broadly in New Zealand English), is named Remembering Our Past, Reclaiming Our Future, and its themes are resilience, climate change and Indigenous practices for sustainability.

Read more about the Pacific Regional Hui on IFIP’s website here.


At this year’s Melbourne Festival, Woor-Dungin alumni partner ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is again co-presenting Tanderrum, a traditional Kulin song, dance, trade and cultural exchange ceremony. On opening night, five nations of the Eastern Kulin will come together to welcome local and international artists to perform on country.

ILBIJERRI was first approached in 2013 by Melbourne Festival to facilitate the creation of a new ceremony to engage audiences in a meaningful exchange with the traditional owners of Melbourne. Tanderrum, celebrating the proud and living culture of the land’s traditional owners, is the result.

See Tanderrum on Wednesday 5 October 2016, at 6:30 PM, at Federation Square, Melbourne.

To read more about Tanderrum, click here to go to ILBIJERRI’s website, or here to go to Melbourne Festival’s.

ILBIJERRI Which Way HomeILBIJERRI Theatre Company, one of Woor-Dungin’s alumni partners, is staging a new play at Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne, from 24 August to 3 September 2016.

Written by Katie Beckett, performed by Katie Beckett and Tony Briggs, and directed by Rachael Maza, Which Way Home draws on Katie Beckett’s personal memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.

Read more about Which Way Home and about other ILBIJERRI productions here.


Promoting and strengthening respectful relationships between Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and philanthropy is a key part of Woor-Dungin’s work.

An exciting opportunity to further this work has recently been identified through a partnership between Woor-Dungin, the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL) and Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for philanthropic organisations and individuals in Australia.

Woor-Dungin and FIL are co-sponsoring a workshop session at Philanthropy Australia’s 2016 National Conference in Sydney on 22 September called “Right Way, Wrong Way, Which Way: Stories from the field, practical steps and tools to forge respectful relationships and invest in leadership of Aboriginal Australia.”

The session will provide an opportunity for Aboriginal people and grantmakers to have open dialogue about what is good practice, what are the challenges and what are some of the lessons learnt.

Workshop participants will work towards a set of guiding principles that can support and strengthen respectful relationships with each other, and work towards improved outcomes.

Woor-Dungin Aboriginal members Peter Aldenhoven (Chair, Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association) and Tim Goodwin (Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation) are both participating on the workshop panel.

The conference workshop is only the first of a number of partnership activities that will be developed over the next 12 months, including two further thought-leadership events and six articles directed at Philanthropy Australia members.

Click here to go to Philanthropy Australia’s 2016 National Conference webpage, or follow the link above.

This week Woor-Dungin acknowledges NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Events are held across Australia every July in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous people take part. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ but has since become synonymous with the week of celebrations. Read more about NAIDOC here.