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

Lalania Tusa Fa’aaefili

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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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Introducing the Kombumerri App

Anglicare Cultural Support Worker Lalania Tusa teamed up with The Varsity College Year 10 class and their enthusiastic teacher Mr Tucker to create a gaming app for an engaging way to learn about the Kombumerri community and their culture, as the students are passionate about keeping cultural connections alive while they’re learning to code. Hear what they and Kombumerri Traditional Owner Justine Dillon have to say about the interactive and fun mobile app, which is being made available to schools and other organisations as an educational tool

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NAIDOC Week: what ‘Heal Country’ means to me

“My traditional ‘Country’ is nestled in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland on Kuku Yalanji land that will always be a part of me. When we speak of ‘Country’, this not only includes the land, but the sea, reef beds, riverways, sky, mountain ranges, animals, plants and people, and so on,” says Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner and Anglicare Cultural Support Worker, Lalania Tusa

Anglicare Cultural Support Worker Lalania Tusa setting up art and cultural activities for children to enjoy and learn with in August 2020
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More than a word: Reconciliation takes action

“Through the Reconciliation process, I believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will have the same life chances and choices as non-Indigenous children, and the length and quality of First Nations peoples’ lives will not be determined by their racial background,” says Anglicare Cultural Support Worker and Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner Lalania Tusa, as National Reconciliation Week continues

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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?’ 

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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

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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