Senior Aboriginal Cultural Consultant

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Uncle Ron Briggs is Caraniche’s Senior Aboriginal Cultural Consultant

 

About Uncle Ron

Uncle Ron’s father is a Yorta Yorta man (Shepparton/Echuca region), and his mum is from Gunditjmara (Portland/Grampians region). If you get the chance, have a chat with Uncle Ron about the dreaming stories and the archaeological findings that date back over 120,000 years in these areas. He won the 2016 Reg Blow Award City of Whittlesea Reconciliation Award which he is very proud of. He was also one of five Nominations for the National Reconciliation Award the same year, and although he did not win it was an honour for him to meet other great people that do great work from right across Australia.

 

Career  

Uncle Ron is passionate about the health and wellbeing of his people, and of the community as a whole. He has been working in health services for over 25 years, starting as a Health Worker for the Victorian Aboriginal Health service in Melbourne, doing basic health checks with people living on the street. Since then his work has focused particularly on helping Aboriginal men and fathers become healthy role models for their families and communities. He has sat on many boards, and is currently on the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Board, as well as the Board for Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Centre in Thomastown (Bubup Wilam means ‘Children’s Place’ in Woi Wurrung language).

 

Caraniche

Uncle Ron’s role at Caraniche includes co-facilitation of the Koori program at Loddon and Marngoneet, as well as Chairing the Aboriginal Reference Group. He will help us develop our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which will provide a framework for Caraniche to support the national reconciliation movement. Uncle Ron has already helped four other organisations to develop their RAPs: Uniting, Regen, Odyssey and Kids First Australia.

 

Family

Uncle Ron is grandfather of 9 and has been married for 35 years to a Mutti Mutti woman (the Mutti Mutti area is where Mungo Woman (60.000 years old) and Mungo Man (30,000 Years old) are from.

 

Culture

Uncle Ron encourages everyone at Caraniche to ask him any questions about Aboriginal Culture and protocols. If our team have questions relating to clients they are working with, Ron is available to assist. He also reflects that through the cultural knowledge sharing he does through his work, he is also finding his own connection to country and identity.