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Take on Board breakfast recap – cultural competency

‘Respectful’, ‘empowering’ and ‘thought-provoking’ are some of the words used to describe the recent Take on Board online event: Cultural competency for board members with Jillian West.

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Jillian provided a very informative presentation on Indigenous Cultural Awareness.

Jillian spoke about:

  • What is a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgement of Country
  • Taught us “Wominjeka!” Welcome in the language of the Wurundjeri people of the Melbourne area and the Dja Dja Wurrung people of Central Victoria
  • Introduced us to the five language groups of The Kulin Nation
  • Confirmation of Aboriginality
  • The symbolic meaning of The Aboriginal flag and The Torres Strait Islander flag
  • Revisiting our past
  • What is ‘culture’ and understanding Aboriginal culture
  • Kinship – there are over 500 Aboriginal nations across Australia


Jillian mentioned the following resources:

Meet the attendees

Some of our Take on Board guests were at the event too:

Caitlin Siostrom

Episode 109: Caitlin Siostrom on why size doesn’t matter when thinking about risk management

Carolyn Grant

Episode 124: Carolyn McSweeny Grant on benchmarking psychological safety in the boardroom

Morgana Ryan

Episode 133: Insights from the Take on Board Breakfast: Developing a Board Strategy with Morgana Ryan – Part 2 – Question and Answer

Episode 102: Insights from the Take on Board Breakfast: Developing a Board Strategy with Morgana Ryan – Part 1

What did the attendees like about this event?

“I felt Jillian was so good at being open and welcoming of our curiosity and yearning to learn about First Nations culture.”

“Thank you for broaching a topic we are all trying to manage respectfully.”

“I have gained so much from listening to Jillian. I have been eager to learn how I can embrace and support further our incredible history – Jillian has given me so much to work on and include in creating and being more culturally aware.”

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