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Boys & Girls yarning circles

Monday, April 30th, 2012

In March, NWAICA started a trial program of yarning circles at local schools and targeted community, as a part of NWAICA’s Sport & Recreation initiatives. The first yarning circle for 2012 started at Grovely State School with a Boys Yarn. The group has about 14 young men who attend weekly meetings and learn about themselves, their community and talk about issues relevant to them.
A Girls Yarn has started at Everton Park State High. Both the Boys and Girls Yarns include a healthy breakfast option. Thanks to all staff and community volunteers who are participating in these groups.

NWAICA Big Day Out

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

On 3rd April 2012, NWAICA ran the third “Big Day Out” for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Holy Rosary School in Windsor. The day was hugely successful. Over 100 individuals attended and they enjoyed themselves. A big thank you to everyone who contributed, helped or came along.

Building Up Our Mob

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

We recently conducted a community survey asking what would make the  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community more comfortable using mainstream services on the Northside. The community would like to see more flags, artwork and Aboriginal workers in these services. We would also like to see the staff working in these services conduct cultural awareness training. On the whole, the local community feels comfortable using most mainstream services on the Northside, with just a few changes suggested.

Girl’s Camp 2012

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The girls brought to the group their own individual culture, beliefs and structure. In sharing their stories, they respected and trusted each other. The sports program showed that the girls were great team players and climbers, displayed confidence yet had fun. The programs brought them together, boosted self – belief and self – discipline and identified what physical activities they enjoyed and trying it out.

All the girls followed the rules and respected each other and the other person’s space. They also respected each other’s discussions and encouraged each other when they felt challenged. They all enjoyed the beach, the yarning circles and the campfire. Thank you to the camp leaders for all their support and the families for getting them there to be a part of a successful camp. Camp grounds and staff were great, very supportive and only too happy to oblige the girls’ needs to run the camp smoothly.

BBQ and Bowls

Friday, January 27th, 2012

At the end of 2011, NWAICA staff, board members and youth council held a Christmas breakup at the Gaythorne Bowls Club for an evening bbq and lawn bowls. Uncle George Couchy showed everyone the finer points of lawn bowl, giving lots of great tips and bowling advice! We all had a great time, and it was an enjoyable way to end a challenging year. Thanks everyone!

Annual General Meeting

Friday, January 27th, 2012

In December 2011, NWAICA held its Annual General Meeting. A new management committee was elected.

The committee is made up of: Chair – Fiona Manoa; Vice Chair – Barbara Wharton; Treasurer – Phyllis Harrison-Ugle; Secretary – Anita Evans; Board members Rachel Pierce & John Saunders.

We welcome them to NWAICA! NWAICA’s membership base has grown substantially over the past year, with members representing the entire North West area. With the new board, NWAICA hopes to further grow this membership to represent indigenous people’s interests in the North West.