Cultural Capability Program
Cultural Capability is a broad term that encompasses cultural awareness, cultural competence and cultural safety.
Cultural Capability is not achieved after one training session or at a single end-point but represents continuous learning that builds over time.
Cultural Capability has been adopted in various public service sectors such as the Commonwealth and State agencies including the Health and Education Sectors and is finding strength and demand in other sectors such as the arts, tourism and corporate. Cultural Capability was identified through the Regional Arts Services Network in 2021 who found that Cultural Competency was essential to enable respectful engagement with First Nations people in the regions. It has been identified as a key priority in our First Nations Community and Cultural sector and is now being implemented through many government and not-for-profit sector organisations, embracing Reconciliation Action Plans and Cultural Capability Programs.
Cultural Awareness means being aware of, and developing sensitivity to, cultural difference and cultural diversity. It involves knowledge, attitudes and values that demonstrate an openness and respect for other people and other cultures, languages, religions, dress, communication styles and so on. For example, in some Aboriginal cultures it may be considered rude or disrespectful to make eye contact, while in others it is not.
Cultural Competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. Cultural competence encompasses being aware of one’s own world view, developing positive attitudes towards cultural differences, gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and world views and developing skills for communication and interaction across cultures.
Cultural Safety is an environment which is safe for Aboriginal people, where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity and experience. Cultural Safety is about individuals, organisations and systems being aware of the impact of their own culture and cultural values on Aboriginal people, while creating and maintaining an environment there all people are treated in a culturally respectful manner.
What are the benefits of choosing Bamaga Production’s Cultural Capability program?
With Bamaga Productions, clients have the security of receiving practical plans from culturally validated facilitators. We are committed to helping organisations to build respectful knowledge and awareness of First Nations protocol and and cultural learning, specifically designed for workplaces.
As an employer or business leader, you can gain greater esteem and build a more dynamic and diverse workforce, enable your staff to develop greater cultural awareness and develop professional practices that will strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
Our Objective: Together, we can
Provide an effective and tailored Cultural Capability program to local organisations, communities, and the wider businesses sector to build organisational cultural capability to engage, retain and grow your First Nations workforce, audiences and community connections.
Develop in consultation with members of the Cultural Collective, a professional Cultural Competency Program focused and relevant to current demands, delivered by respected First Nations Facilitators and established businesses located in Brisbane.
Benefit from Bamaga Productions and DB Consultancy providing administrative services to coordinate and deliver Cultural Capability Facilitators for various locations.
What are some of the ways I can engage with Bamaga Productions?
- Dance, Song and Music
- Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country
- Comedians, Guest Speakers and MCs
- Conferences and Event Work