The Outcomes of the Interdisciplinary Indigenous Health Research Group’s collaboration between the University of Wollongong and the Illawarra Koori Men’s Support Group are presented in the two reports below.
Research Report 2017 IKMSG_Research Report_FINAL
Community Report 2017.Caring for Community 2017
Front Cover Artwork
Artist: Glen Sutherland
Title: Coming Together
Meaning: Coming from the hills and the bush and walking along the rivers to meet and celebrate with smoking ceremonies for cleansing (on each end of the painting) with many colours representing different nations coming together to celebrate.
Purpose: Coming Together Artwork is used in this community report and has been created for the sole purpose of the Caring for Community research project.
Glen Sutherland presented an artwork ‘Coming Together’ to the Caring for Community IKMSG Advisory Panel in September 2016.
Following is story about the “Coming Together” artwork.
Coming from the hills and the bush and walking along the rivers to meet and celebrate with smoking ceremony’s for cleansing at each end of the painting. The many colours representing different nations coming together to celebrate.
Participants in the IKMSG Strategy Planning Day
On July 18, 2016, Nyssa Murray member of the Caring for Community Advisory Panel helped the Illawarra Kouri Men’s Support Group ( IKMSG) Board ran a Strategy Planning Day. The day was designed to gather information and insights about future possibilities for IKMSG from the members. There were 22 participants who were involved in 6 workshops run during the day. Nyssa worked with Uncle G and IKMSG Team to complete an analysis of data collected during the Strategy Planning Day and drafted a Business Plan for IKMSG Board to discuss and consider.
Feedback from the IKMSG Team was very positive. The direction from Nyssa was much appreciated and the outcomes from the planning day gave them everyone a new perspective on the achievements and potential of the IKMSG.
This is the story of the star fish which is now better known as the star of the sea. These incredible creatures when harmed can regenerate a lost arm and has been used in the art work to represent renewal. The blue and brown dots surrounding the sea star are the rock pools full of water where you can often find the wonderful lifeforms of the ocean.
The artist Kevin Butler was born in Nambucca Heads, New South Wales in 1962 and is part of the Gumbaingirr People. At the age of just 2 weeks he was removed by the Aboriginal protection Board and raised by a non-Aboriginal family in Sydney. He moved to Wollongong in 1990 and these days he is employed part time as a school teacher. Kevin is involved with many community art projects within the Illawarra area, having done several murals at various schools and local council projects.
As a child Kevin always had the ability to draw but it wasn’t until 1988, when he was 26 years old, that he began painting Aboriginal art. Kevin is a self-taught artist and this was his way of rediscovering his lost culture and heritage. Further information on Kevin Butler can be found at: https://www.daao.org.au/bio/kevin-butler/
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