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Kuku Yalanji woman and Cultural Support Worker, Anglicare SQ, Gold Coast Foster Care, Children and Families

Lalania Tusa Fa’aaefili

About Lalania -

Kuku Yalanji woman Lalania Tusa Fa’aaefili is a Cultural Support Worker with Anglicare SQ and holds a Diploma in Education. Prior to moving to the Gold Coast, she was the Mossman Community Church Youth Leader with her husband and provided youth support to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children/youth.

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Traditional Owners: knowledge keepers

“My people’s knowledge is not taught through sitting in a classroom, researching on Google or going to a university to study, as it is the type of knowledge that can only be taught and passed down through hours upon hours of walking, sitting, speaking and most importantly listening to Elders, family members, community and spirit,” says Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner Lalania Tusa in the new anglican focus series, ‘What is a Traditional Owner?’ 

Veneta Tschumy (Anglicare SQ Administration Officer) and Aunty Janice Walker (Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner and Elder) were reunited for the first time after 33 years at St Martin's House recently, following their serendipitous reconnection following the publication of a Spotlight Q&A written by Aunty Janice's daughter Lalania, who also works at Anglicare SQ.

Two childhood friends serendipitously reunited through anglican focus

Two Queensland women who grew up together on the Daintree Mission reconnected for the first time in more than 30 years recently, following the publication of a ‘Spotlight Q&A’ in anglican focus. In this special joint reflection, Kuku Yalanji Elder Aunty Janice Walker and Anglicare Administration Officer Veneta Tschumy tell some of their story, along with Aunty Janice’s daughter, Anglicare Cultural Support Worker Lalania Tusa, who serendipitously brought the childhood friends together through her Q&A


Aboriginal art: remembering and healing

“Growing up, I would sit with my mother and grandmother and listen to the stories of our traditional customs, hunting and gathering, creation and dreaming stories, animals in the area and daily practices. My mother guided me in translating these stories through a variety of techniques and tools onto canvas and other forms of art,” says Kuku Yalanji woman and Anglicare Southern Queensland staff member Lalania Tusa


What is a Cultural Support Worker?

Anglicare Cultural Support Workers, Kuku Yalanji woman Lalania Tusa and Pitta Pitta man Noel Doyle, support non-Indigenous foster carers and staff to better understand the needs of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in care and to respond in a holistic way that considers family, spiritual, community and individual needs