Community Engagement – Songlines Pathways®

Songlines Engaging Pathways®

Evolve’s ‘Songlines’ approach help agencies develop relationships of credibility and trust with communities and people affected by decisions. A practical tool, it’s been developed through years of practice to respond to the common challenges of community, stakeholder and client engagement. The one day training program teaches participants how to engage and develop meaningful relationships with Aboriginal communities and people.
Cultural Awareness Training Programs

The Songlines Engaging Pathways™ draws deeply from Aboriginal cultural heritage and wisdom. Songlines represent traditional trading routes across the nation where information and resources is shared.

The model teaches individuals and organisations how to make deep and meaningful connections with Aboriginal peoples and their communities. In the Kimberley region of Western Australia for example, this vast sharing network is called Wunan also depicted in our business logo.

This course is highly interactive and applied. Participants work in small teams to develop an engagement action plan, during the program, applying their learnings. The program is supported by an action plan template and workbook – based on Evolve’s Songline Engaging Pathways™ model. Participants nominate a relevant work case study to use through the program. Each session introduces the action plan section, then participants work in small teams to develop their action plan – reading through and applying the workbook materials. This culminates in each team presenting their action plan to the group.

Community Engagement Training

“I just finished my Cultural Awareness training! That was so good! Really informative, easy to watch and packed with great information. Our staff are going to take so much from it.  It really is a fantastic and massive step forward for us. A really good example of collaboration and working towards reconciliation.”

Michael Scott
ANZ Director - Reconciliation and Indigenous Inclusion

“I completed the Cultural Awareness Training yesterday and just wanted to reach out and say how good I thought it was. Having lived in Darwin for 7 years I’ve worked in remote Aboriginal communities and completed a fair few Cultural Awareness training sessions over the years on different projects and with various companies. That one was by far the best. Really practical information for people to take away and start implementing in their everyday conversations with both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people.”

Elana Balderstone
Senior Associate Environmental Consultant

“I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with you from the start, and want to appreciate your agility and flexibility to create a unique session for our organisation’s needs. We walked away with a deeper understanding of honouring Country, and what it means to Acknowledge Country in an authentic way.”

Ruhee Meghani
Ruhee Meghani
Community Lead, Lululemon

“Beyond the content itself being accessible, friendly, clear and empowering. The way you’ve used technology, really lovely videos throughout the process, makes me feel connected to you both and confident in my learning and experience. We’ve applied some of this to how we engage with our clients already!”

Simon Smallchua
Founder, Harvey.

“This program has taught me so much that I didn’t know and wished I knew before today! It has provided me with much needed knowledge, and a better understanding of what I can do to contribute to Reconciliation and in creating a kinder, fairer Australia. It has given me the confidence to be an Ally and more effectively fulfil my role on our RAP working group and to be a supportive voice in society in general.”

Helen Radford
Helen Radford
Operations Manager – People and Culture

“It was an excellent learning journey and really challenged me and opened my eyes to the role of an Ally. Also, to the responsibility which comes with privilege for taking steps to close the gap in support of First Nations people. I’m now more aware of the role I play daily in being an Ally and how I can contribute towards Reconciliation.”

Evolve Accredited Ally - Paul Hooper
Paul Hopper
National Manager at The Smith Family

“I loved the activities that got us all engaged. Even though I thought I knew a bit I learnt plenty of new things. It was very worthwhile.”

Sarah Whitworth
Sarah Whitworth
Senior Analyst, Customer Insights, Expedia Group

“The course gives you a better appreciation of the history of the First Nations people.  Presentation was informal and informative.
Very easy to understand and follow along with. Everyone should do it!!!”

Maurice Pratt
Maurice Pratt
Murrays Coaches Australia

“Well worth it, it takes no time at all and gives valuable information. Aunty Munya has a wonderful, kind but direct teaching style. Great use of images and photos, music and concrete examples to help apply the content. The 7 different steps were easy to follow and answered many questions for me.”

Katie Williams
Katie Williams
Consultant, Pinsent Masons

“Contemporary, relevant and concise, the course was easy to digest and apply in small steps. It provides valuable context for cultural awareness and should be required bare minimum training for our community if we haven’t been fortunate enough to have experiential learning.”

Alex Ogg
Alex Ogg
Director, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation