CLOSING THE GAP

PATHWAY TO RECONCILIATION

HOW DO WE DO THIS?

EMPLOYMENT

Culture College helps support a unique economy in cultural tourism in remote North East Arnhem Land. Business is generated with Yolngu organisations as students from various schools across Australia come to the region to learn from the Yolngu.

EACH SCHOOL GROUP WILL BE ASSISTED BY A CULTURAL COLLEGE GROUP LEADER AND SUPPORTED BY LOCAL STAFF, ABORIGINAL EDUCATORS, AND LOCAL FAMILIES.

SHARING THE CULTURE

Art and Culture learning
Below are some of the practices students can learn.

 Weaving
The Nyinyikay ladies are master weavers and will share their talents of weaving mats and baskets.

Fishing
Students will try their hand at casting a hand line into the estuary or on the point at Nyinyikay. Fish are plentiful in this region and any caught will be cooked on the fire and shared amongst the group.

 Yolngu-Matha
Students will be taught in a lesson type structure about the language. They will get an opportunity to write down words and practice their pronunciation.

“‘Bringing young people on country who are so
malleable to change and growth enables
all this culture to be shared on a regular basis.
Young ones participating regularly…not
just ceremonies…Keeping it strong!”

– Mungul Lacey

IMPLEMENTING INDIGENOUS PRACTICES INTO OUR LIVES

Yolngu have cared for country through cultural practices of sustainability for thousands of years, through systems such as cultural burning and agriculture techniques. These practices are now gaining further recognition as – being very relevant and useful. Annual cultural burning practices demonstrates a connection to land and situates Yolngu as integral to the landscape.

Culture College supports learning about cultural burning as a preventative method for bushfires and sustainability of the land.

ON RECONCILIATION

For students to embrace holistic learning opportunities and sacred time to connect/reconnect, consider, reflect and restructure beliefs about ways we can all come together towards reconciliation. Here, relationships between schools and Yolngu families are forged.

“Too many moments and emotions to put into words, but the key was growth… growth in understanding culture and community through sitting and listening…healing!”
– Australian Independent Schools – Teacher

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