Archive for November, 2011

Youth Council

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Meet our new Youth Council, made up of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from across the North West. We welcome them all to NWAICA.
The Youth Council has been planning a number of activities for 2012, so make sure that you stay tuned for their new developments next year.
The vision of the youth council is to  see Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island youths connecting to culture, building positive relationships, making new initiatives and different experiences. The point is to enable all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths to be involved in the community.

Youth Council is inclusive, participatory, respectful of self, others and culture, fun, encouraging and connects to ‘traditional’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures; it values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives of family, community and culture and promotes Indigenous identity and a sense of belonging and family.

Who’s Your Mob?

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

On 31st October 2011, NWAICA ran Who’s Your Mob?  Who’s Your Mob links youths to elders and community leaders in yarning about culture, identity and living in an urban setting.

This year we had storytelling from our facilitators as well as a sand painting workshop from Nicky Newley. The day was very successful and  participants enjoyed themselves immensely.

At total of 27  youths, community leaders and elders came along for the day and  enjoyed the workshops, yarning together, eating the great cooking (thanks to NWAICA staff) and being in an indigenous environment, yarnin up! Well done to everyone.




Licensing Program

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

On 6th October 2011, we conducted a L Plates Program. Held in the NWAICA conference room, the course was facilitated by Uncle Norm Clarke.

He was very pleased with the amount of community members who turned up to get their L plates. Specifically, 11 community members, ranging from 16 to 50 years old passed their test, all leaving with a big smile on their face.

The program was so successful that we are holding another one early next year. The test itself is free of charge, and we provide a light lunch .We will let everyone know in the next newsletter when the next program will run.

‘Girls Business’ Yarning Group

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

The inaugural “Girls Business’ Yarning group for  young women was held on 23rd August 2011 at Mitchelton State High School.

Held by NWAICA in partnership with the school, this yarning group supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls enrolled in grade 9 to grade 11 at Mitchelton State High.

The topics included cultural identity, health and well-being, community life, school, career goals and history.

We were very privileged to be involved in the workshop and see it as a ground-breaking program. We feel that it yielded remarkable benefits for the young students and the guest speakers.