Chil­dren cel­e­brate First Peo­ple his­tory


Wanneroo Times - - School Matters - Tyler Brown

NORTH­ERN sub­urb stu­dents re­cently cel­e­brated Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der cul­tures, his­tory and tra­di­tions with a day of ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Whad­juk Gift, ini­ti­ated by teach­ers at Mater Dei Col­lege, is a pro­ject based on more than 250 dif­fer­ent Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der na­tions within Aus­tralia.

Stu­dents con­nected with their lo­cal Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, de­signed a shirt for their group and took part in sports-based ac­tiv­i­ties.

Five pri­mary schools par­tic­i­pated in the pro­ject.

About 340 stu­dents de­velop ed designs for 17 na­tions, in­clud­ing the 14 Noon­gar na­tions plus Tor­res Strait, Ya­matji and Yir­rgany­dji.

“Pos­i­tive en­ergy on the day re­flected the will­ing­ness of all par­tic­i­pants to be part of the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion con­ver­sa­tion,” head of vis­ual arts Toby Hurd said.

“What started as an idea quickly evolved into some­thing much more sig­nif­i­cant be­cause of how en­thu­si­as­tic and open the pri­mary school teach­ers and stu­dents were.”

Stu­dents from five pri­mary schools were in­vited to take part in the Whad­juk Gift at Mater Dei Col­lege in Edge­wa­ter.

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