Campers connect to culture
BELONGING, languages, identity and education were the cornerstones of the Deadly Careers Camp held for 56 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across southeast Queensland.
Held at the University of Southern Queensland, the camp combined culture and exposure to post-school options.
Organiser Yvonne O’Neill said the program encouraged students to find self-confidence, using culture as a foundation to build their futures.
“The aim is to help these young people become more confident in who they are as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to gain a greater sense of belonging, and therefore, be more able to take on responsibilities like higher education,” she said.
Kingaroy’s Rashida Scott already has plans for her career but wanted to become more involved in her culture.
“It’s important because you get to know who you are as a person,” she said.
The program aims to support the cultural growth of students as they finish school and pursue further education or employment.