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‘Let’s Talk’ EREA Aboriginal Immersion

Cultural educators, Lachie and Fleur with Ms Maakrun on Wiradjuri country.

Cultural educators, Lachie and Fleur with Ms Maakrun on Wiradjuri country

Hospital Creek massacre site

Hospital Creek massacre site

Goodooga

Goodooga

Sunset, Ligtning Ridge

Sunset, Ligtning Ridge

Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge

As Coordinator of the College’s Indigenous Education Program, Walawaani, Ms Maakrun was fortunate to join ten other EREA staff from across Australia on the Edmund Rice ‘Let’s Talk’ cross-cultural immersion program within Aboriginal communities in rural NSW.

Over 2,750 km Travelled

Over 2,750 km Travelled

The partnership between the Edmund Rice Centre, Edmund Rice Education Australia and the Aboriginal communities of North-West NSW, is based on a philosophy of experiential learning and critical social analysis, supporting the educational achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and furthering reconciliation in Australia.

Bush Food Education

Bush Food Education

The program makes a connection across the urban-rural divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, focusing on issues of peace, identity, human rights, socio-economic issues and reconciliation.

The group visited Dubbo, Myall Creek, Moree, Lightning Ridge, Goodooga and Brewarrina, with the journey integrating dialogue with locals and elders in visited places, and engagement with places of significance to the Aboriginal people of north-west NSW.

Visited sites included: the Myall Creek Massacre site of 1838, the 1965 Freedom Riders protest at Moree Baths, an Aboriginal Cemetery, the Brewarrina Missions and the Hospital Creek massacre site. The immersion included knowledge about bush foods, medicines, artwork and awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spiritualities. 

Myall Creek Memorial

Myall Creek Memorial

The experience was truly inspirational and very memorable, with a number of relationships built with other EREA schools to further enhance our Walawaani program. It is also hoped that this unique experience could possibly be shared by some of our students and staff in the future.

 

Ms Marie-Anne Maakrun

Assistant Director of Identity & Student Formation

E: mmaakrun@waverley.nsw.edu.au