Babana Aboriginal Men's Group Inc
Adopted in October 2006, the term Babana means "brother" in the Dharuk language. As well as being a common term of greeting among Aboriginal men, the term "brother" also conveys a sense of cooperative effort and community.
Since its formation in March 2006, Babana has met monthly. Average attendance at each meeting is around 50-60 men. Over that time, Babana membership has grown continuously, continuing to obtain endorsement and respect from both the Aboriginal and non Aboriginal community.
Babana members meet regularly and are involved in a variety of activities and programs that address a range of issues ranging from men’s health, through to family relationships, anti-violence, anti-drug and alcohol campaigns, post release programs and more.
Babana has been instrumental in running campaigns that help unite and affirm the positive values of traditional Aboriginal culture, focusing on healing together to create a safe and hopeful community.
In addition to regular meetings and workshops, these include:
- encouraging partnerships with the private sector to bring Certificate II training courses and other employment and training opportunities into Redfern, including for men and boys on probation and parole
- conducting ever-growing men’s health awareness days that now attract over 100 Aboriginal men from all over the greater Sydney metropolitan area
- providing support and personnel to conduct 'Christmas for the kids' on the Block and at Wooloomooloo. As an organisation run by Aboriginal people, for Aboriginal people, with founding members that are respected and recognised as leaders, Babana holds an esteemed position in the Aboriginal community. This enables it to achieve outcomes that other organisations seldom can.
- Working with Nura Gili Indigenous Programs to promote Education for our Indigenous community.