Connection to Self, Country and Community

Date and time
Sun, 4 Jun 2023 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM AEST

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Fyshwick, ACT 2609

Image: Adapted from ‘River Dreaming’ Artwork by Richie Allen (Ngunnawal/Kamilaroi), Traditional Aboriginal Owners Corporation

Join us for half day event to celebrate Reconciliation Week, encompassing cultural learning through a tour, storytelling and reflection, and a bush tucker lunch.

We will explore where we have come from, where we are now and where we are heading in future moving forward together through a forum of open discussion and learning with local Indigenous partners, Clybucca Dreaming and Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. Hosted by the Australian River Restoration Centre and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service.

Please register if you wish to attend.

Agenda for the day:
  • 10am : Arrival – tea and coffee
  • 10.15am : Welcome to Country
  • 10.30am : Easy walk around Kelly’s Swamp with Richie Allen (Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation)
  • 11.30am : Yarning Circle with Tanya Keed (Clybucca Dreaming)
  • 12.30pm : Bush Tucker lunch and informal discussion
  • 1.00pm : Finish


Richie Allen, Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Richie is a Ngunnawal Kamilaroi custodian who was born in Ngunnawal Country and raised on both Ngunnawal and Kamilaroi Country. Richie is TOAC’s Cultural Director where he manages cultural awareness, education and Ngunnawal relationships. He is also our Ngunnawal expert and provides valuable advice to organisations on culture and creating safe workplaces for Aboriginal people to thrive in.

Tanya Keed, Clybucca Dreaming

Tanya Keed is an Aboriginal woman from Dunghatti Country, NSW, who has called Canberra home for more than 20 years. She does critical work in health and trauma management for women engaged with the ACT criminal justice system. Tanya is your member for the Community Services Directorate. It’s a role she delivers with well-rounded experience and knowledge as a long-term allied health professional and leader across government, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations. She’s a strong advocate on issues around Aboriginal incarceration, family violence and crime. Her work with corrective services has gone from the Alexander Machonochie Centre and Victim Service ACT to setting up and directing her own consultancy, Clybucca Dreaming, in 2018.

What to wear and bring on the day
  • Clothing appropriate for weather
  • Walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen, water, insect repellent will be provided

Hosted by the Australian River Restoration Centre and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service.