The SRC program is an empowering and engaging approach to connecting identifying and nonidentifying students to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, in a meaningful way. The program creates a safe and encouraging space for young people to learn about connection to country and local Indigenous culture that is focused on knowledge sharing.
Throughout the program, participants engage in a range of activities including:
Learning about the history and cultures of Australia’s First Nations people, including learning about the range and diversity of cultures, languages and beliefs within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions.
Learning about the significant of an Acknowledgement of Country, and having the experience of delivering one at each session.
Learning words in the Ngunnawal language
Learning to make roping using the Aboriginal method with tree bark.
Creating artwork in response to the SRC theme, which were then submitted for judging in the challenge.
Through the SRC, participants who identify as having Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage were empowered to share their knowledge and also gain new knowledge within an enabling, positive environment. The program provided a depth of learning and connection that is not available in mainstream education, and the impact of the activities is demonstrated in the quotes from participants shared below;
‘Nature speaks to you from the heart. It is important to care for our land and environment.’ – Cody
‘You always must ask the earth to use Its trees and resources. People need to ask for something, they need to learn about other cultures because it is important, we need to be nice to our earth and not over use its resources,’ – Ellsie
‘Reconciliation means working together to educate ourselves and take care of one and other’ – Ava