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BOURKE COLLABORATES FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY SUCCESS

Maranguka spearheaded a collaboration of services across Bourke in the April school holidays to deliver an engaging program of cultural workshops, sporting activities and on-country camps for young people that saw increased youth engagement and positive connection to culture, Country and community.

“This holiday program is a great example of what we do here at Maranguka. We work with the community to identify what they want then we coordinate the services in Bourke and find specialist services to fill any gaps. The kids told us they wanted more cultural programs so in the April holidays we had things like the dance workshop that was delivered over three days. Thirty three kids participated in the corroboree on the final night. That is a big uptake in engagement and exactly what we are aiming for.”

Samara Milgate, Events Manager at Maranguka.

BOURKE COLLABORATES FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY SUCCESS
Maranguka spearheaded a collaboration of services across Bourke in the April school holidays to deliver an engaging program of cultural workshops, sporting activities and on-country camps for young people that saw increased youth engagement and positive connection to culture, Country and community.

Over two weeks in April Maranguka brought together Catholic Care, Mission Australia, Police and Community Youth Club, Save Our Sons, Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service and the Bourke Shire Council to deliver an extensive program of workshops. These included Mad, Proper, Deadly music production workshops, Blak Fitness Indigenous Games and cultural mentoring and dance workshops and cultural trips by Spirit Program to Gundabooka and Brewarrina where young people enhanced their cultural knowledge and spent time on Country.

“This holiday program is a great example of what we do here at Maranguka. We work with the community to identify what they want then we coordinate the services in Bourke and find specialist services to fill any gaps. The kids told us they wanted more cultural programs so in the April holidays we had things like the dance workshop that was delivered over three days. Thirty-three kids participated in the corroboree on the final night. That is a big uptake in engagement and exactly what we are aiming for.” says Samara Milgate, Events Manager at Maranguka.

As well as the workshops a series of cultural camps took place including the Cultural Mentoring Camp attended by members of the Bourke Tribal Council where young people developed positive relationships through yarning circles and teamwork through bush activities. Another was the Warrior Spirit Youth Mentoring Camp in Nowra where young people learned leadership skills that help them reach their potential.

Uncle Phil Sullivan, Chair of the Bourke Tribal Council says “When I take young people out on Country we start by acknowledging Country. I ask them, in the quiet, to think for a moment about who they really are and where they come from. To think about family and ancestors. In that moment they stand still, heads bowed and it’s a solemn time. I feel their deep respect and there’s often tears. I believe Culture and Country helps them shape their identity and provides them with a sense of belonging.”

The Safe, Smart, Strong strategy, developed by Bourke’s Aboriginal community and guided by the Bourke Tribal Council, is delivered by Maranguka to grow Bourke’s kids up well. As part of this strategy a youth school holiday program is designed and delivered each holiday period to actively engage young people and grow their positive connections.

Uncle Phil Sullivan, Chair of the Bourke Tribal Council says ““When I take young people out on Country we start by acknowledging Country. I ask them, in the quiet, to think for a moment about who they really are and where they come from. To think about family and ancestors. In that moment they stand still, heads bowed and it’s a solemn time. I feel their deep respect and there’s often tears. I believe Culture and Country helps them shape their identity and provides them with a sense of belonging.”

2022-06-01T11:24:53+10:00