Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program
8th August, 2021 @ 12:00 am
08/08/2021 - 14/08/2021 - All Day
The Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program (Sunday 8 August 2021 to Saturday 14 August 2021) aims to bring together current and aspiring School Leaders and educators wanting to know more about our First Nations Peoples, to experience first-hand the uniqueness of an Aboriginal culture. This program will provide opportunities to deepen your understanding of Australia’s First Peoples, to enable you to lead with greater insight the reconciliation initiatives in your community. Schools are welcome to include a small number of secondary students in their delegation. This year the program will be run in partnership with AISNSW and ISQ.
The Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program will be with the Yolngu people of East Arnhem Land through Culture College. This remote region of East Arnhem Land is one of the most remarkable places on earth, both culturally and geographically. The landscape has large expanses of pristine coast and hinterland. The Aboriginal peoples of East Arnhem Land have experienced comparatively little disruption to their culture since the arrival of Europeans, and therefore visitors to this remote part of Australia will be able to experience the complex and rich cultural life of the Yolngu people, on Yolngu Country. Central to the cultural beliefs of the Yolngu, is the importance of two-way learning, a reciprocal sharing of cultural knowledge and wisdom between the Yolngu people and visitors welcomed to their Country.
Accommodation and Activities
The program will begin and end in single room accommodation in Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land. Days 3 to 5 will be spent on Yolngu traditional Lands in tents. The Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program will have participants engaging in a range of hands-on activities which will include some of the following; Yolngu language lessons, kinship structures, basket weaving, bush tucker and bush medicines, making fire, making traditional paint from clay, traditional dancing, fishing and making jewellery.
To register, please complete the Booking Form on the AISSA Reconciliation webpage and send this to firstname.lastname@example.org. A deposit of $750 per person will be required by 28 May 2021. The final payment is due 28 June 2021.
For further information, please contact Monica Williams, ph 8179 1417. Additional information is also available on the Reconciliation page of the AISSA website including the 2021 itinerary and photos and comments from educators and students from the 2019 program.
This program is offered to School Leaders, RAP Coordinators, Boarding House supervisors, teachers and educators wanting to deepen their understanding of an Aboriginal culture and contemporary issues for Aboriginal peoples. Schools may register one or a number of participants. Schools are welcome to include a small number of secondary students in their delegation.
Nhulunbuy Region, East Arnhem Land
$5,150.00 per person inclusive of GST. This is all inclusive of return airfares (Adelaide to Gove), accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon teas, permits, camping equipment, transport to and from the Homeland by 4WD, local Yolngu guides, airport transfers to and from Gove and all Cultural Exchange Program activities and equipment.