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8 ways of Knowing: Cultural Knowledge Exchange Training

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8 ways of knowing: Cultural knowledge exchange training

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What is ‘8 Ways of Knowing’: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Exchange?

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘8 ways of knowing’ is a system of knowledge sharing based on the traditional ‘knowledge wheel’ concept, in that knowledge is a responsibility and that each generation must pass on that knowledge to the next – the natural progression of the knowledge wheel. The 8 ways of knowing training moves away from traditional cultural awareness training in that it allows participants to continue their knowledge building of ‘Cultural Safety, ‘Cultural responsiveness’ and ‘respectful cultural engagement, through storytelling, cultural practice and ceremony. The 8 Ways of Knowing: Cultural Knowledge Exchange training process includes:

  • Two-way learning, giving us the space to share our narratives, learn from each other.
  • The knowledge wheel and our place in the journey.
  • Cultural ceremony- allowing participants to build their understanding of ceremony and its importance to community life.
  • Identity - understanding the diversity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, relationship structures and family obligations.
  • Understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander terminology, and Decolonising language.
  • Cultural Safety and addressing tokenism in organisations.
  • Yarning session with an Elder - opportunity for you to ask questions.
  • Guest Presenter - on working in two worlds & Cultural Leadership

Program Structure:

Sessions will be facilitated via Zoom, links will be emailed to registered participants.

The 8 Ways of Knowing: Cultural Knowledge Exchange sessions will be facilitated over four days (equivalent to a full day training), each session will be two hours. We have divided the days across two weeks. Sessions will run in the mornings 9:30 - 11:30 or in the afternoon from 3pm - 5pm. We do this so that it does not interrupt the rest of your day.

Recording of Session:

Please note that we do not record sessions. Participants are required to ensure that they block two hours on each of the dates to attend the training.

Refunds on tickets:

We understand that sometimes things happen and we need to change plans. SALT is happy to make a refund to participants who 'change their mind' about attending the online training.

We advise participants to make any 'change of mind' refund requests 7 days before program start. We will not refund once program has started online. So again, we advice participants to ensure that they set the dates aside, blocked the times out for the session dates. First Nations knowledge building and sharing takes commitment and requires the same respect to non-First Nations training. So please choose well.


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Aunty Diane Kerr | Facilitator

Diane Kerr is a Snr Wurundjeri Elder and knowledge keeper from the Ganun Willam Barak Clan. She is a well-respected community leader and cultural mentor to many in both community and mainstream services.

Aunty Diane Kerr has contributed to advocacy and influencing change through her work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services and cross sector organisations. Including child protection, health, education, stolen generations, native title, state and local governments.

She has been appointed as chair on various councils and committees, notable as the former chair of Native Titles Services Victoria. In 2016, she was appointed to the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Victorian State Government.

In late 2017, Aunty Diane Kerr was inducted into the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll in recognition of her work with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and with government.

In 2018, she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her contribution to the Australian Society. Aunty Diane Kerr conducts Welcomes to Country at events and gatherings across Naarm (Melbourne).


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Terori Hareko-Avaivilla | Facilitator

Terori is a First Nation cultural educator, artist, founder, and director of Salt Studio Consultancy. Terori established Salt Studio Consultancy originally as a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female artists to grow their brand within the visual art space. The consultancy half of the business was added later to combine Terori’s love of sharing her creative culture and education. Terori comes from a health and community services background with many years of strategic and project planning, and Implementation experience as well as having wide and various networks within her First Nation communities in Melbourne.

Terori brings her rich Islander upbringing, infusing her songlines of Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait Islands and Samoa to provide a unique world view and cultural practice. Terori has held various roles in her professional career within the health, community services and the water industries. She has held various roles on committees and boards including being former president of the Weenthunga Health Network, Co-chair of the OSWA Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander network, and currently is a broad member of Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong, a Victorian First Nations led community Fund.

In 2015, The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, recognised Terori with the 'Emerging Leader' award for her commitment to women’s health education. And recently, she received the Indigenous Employment Partners, NAIDOC 2020 Strong Sister Award.


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Jacqui Watkins | Guest Presenter

Jacqueline is a descendant of Jingili/Mudburra people of Elliott in the Northern Territory. Born in Darwin and raised in Alice Springs. She has always been a strong advocate of Aboriginal affairs especially in Education and Health.

Jacqueline has extensive experience in mentoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from early childhood through to secondary education throughout her career, including education of teaching staff. She has worked with different early childhood organisations and secondary schools throughout Australia.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2008 she pursued a career in health in particular health promotion in public health ensuring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families are provided with the importance of preventative measures and information to ensure good health and good decisions.

Jacqueline has developed strong leadership and strategic skills throughout her career which has seen her in management and executive roles including recently starting her consultancy business s ’Jinkigi Consultancy’.

She is actively involved in Women’s Health West Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Women’s Health West internal Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, Brimbank City Council Consultative Committee, St Albans Community Centre (STACC) Koorie Homework Club and West Metro Dhelk Dja Action Group.

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