MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER PROJECT (MFT)
With the support and funding assistance of the Australian Government National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), MMEIC deliver our ‘Moving Forward Together’ (MFT) Project.
MFT is a partnership forged since 2013, between MMEIC, Community Organisations, the Queensland Government Department of Education, and schools on Quandamooka Country.
MMEIC’s role is to develop and maintain cultural protocols; to advocate for culturally safe learning environments for our children and families; to provide culturally-specific professional development for teachers and other staff; and to provide on-country learning experiences for learners in collaboration with curriculum leaders.
MMEIC is an award-winning provider of Indigenous Education Services, receiving the Queensland Government Department of Education – South East Region, ‘Community Elder of the Year Award’ in both 2020 and 2021.
ELDERS IN RESIDENCE KINDY PROGRAM
MMEIC work with Kindy’s in the Quandamooka Region to create a tailored ‘Elders in Residence Program’ that incorporates multiple visits across the year, building Jarjums (kids) and their educators connections to Traditional Owner Elders of the Region. Each visit has a theme that builds Jarjums and educators knowledge and understanding of the culture, history, language and Law/Lore of Goenpul, Ngugi and Noonuccal People.
Themes can include cultural story telling, bush tucker foods, cooking, arts and crafts, language games, song and dance plus more.
NSI SOCIAL & YOUTH JUSTICE WORKING GROUP
In 2022 MMEIC established the NSI Social & Youth Justice Working Group (NSIYSJWG) in response to years witnessing our loved ones’ struggles with colonial violence: self-harm, substance abuse, violence, encounters with the law, and resulting loss of life. The NSIYSJWG is committed to healing our community’s intergenerational trauma.
The NSIYSJWG include a wide range of contributors working collaboratively via a MoU. This includes:
- MMEIC (as lead)
- Redland City Council
- Community members (including Indigenous and non-Indigenous)
- Schools from the Quandamooka Region
- Queensland Government Departments (including Health, Youth Justice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, the Police)
- First Nations led organisations (Yulu-Burri-Ba, COOEE First Nations Family and Community Education Centre, Goompi Give and Grow)
- Straddie Chamber of Commerce
- Non-government organisations (Justice Reform initiative, YMCA & Headspace)
- Academics & PhD students
Youth social and emotional wellbeing is strengthened through the reinvigoration of Quandamooka Cultural Protocols by allowing positive connections and relationship building with Elders. This occurs through our Youth Holiday Program where Elders distill their ways of knowing, being and doing to our youth, our future Elders, and by doing so, encourage self-pride and self-worth.
The NSISYJWG are also developing culturally based models to support and promote life promotion and belonging and increase self-value and worth in Quandamooka youth – who are at the centre of everything we do.
MMEIC and the NSISYJWG are also working on the development of Justice Re-Investment initiatives. From mid-2023 we have been accepted as one of 15 communities to participate in the Federal Governments First Nations Justice Package Program ($81.5 million) ‘Justice Readiness Partnership’, designing and developing early-stage Justice Reinvestment Strategies.
EMPLOYMENT & SCHOOL TO WORK TRANSITION
MMEIC are working in partnership with socially responsible businesses to provide meaningful career paths, training and employment for our Mob. Please get in touch if you are interested in partnering with MMEIC to build a successful well supported First Nations employment and/or training program.
As an example of what we do; MMEIC have partnered with AMS Group, co-designing a reconciliation initiative to employ 40 young Goenpul, Ngugi and Noonuccal People (across a ten-year commitment) throughout the waterways of Moreton Bay. The first group of four employees commenced in June 2022 and have now all completed their national maritime accreditation. The second group of four commenced employment from June 2023.
As a result of this co-designed partnership with MMEIC, AMS Group Won the 2023 Queensland Reconciliation Award for ‘Business’.