An innovative Shepparton-based leadership program for Indigenous young people has been re-funded for the next three years.JOHN LEWIS January 2, 2014 4:26am
Presentation of award for the winning design for Uniting Care / Cutting Edge Reconciliation BookletL-R. Jo Chick - Yanyun Lotjpan Yapenyebak Community Development Worker and Antonietta Fario - artist
The Yanyun Lotjpan Yapenyebak program administered by Shepparton’s UnitingCare Cutting Edge welfare organisation helps young Indigenous people connect with their cultural stories and heritage.
The program’s community development worker Jo Chick said up to 20 young Indigenous people aged from 10 to 25 had been attending weekly activities for the past three years.
She said the youths have been making didgeridoos and clapsticks, going on guided bushwalks and meeting with youth workers and elders.
‘‘They have been reconnecting to something they didn’t have before — their culture and stories,’’ Ms Chick said.
She said Yanyun Lotjpan Yapenyebak meant Walk and Talk Together in Yorta Yorta language.
The Uniting Church in Australia’s Board of Mission and Resourcing had funded the program since 2012.
Funding was due to expire this year, but the board granted more than $400
Ms Chick said a requirement of the grant was the creation of a Reconciliation Action Plan for UnitingCare Cutting Edge.
Numurkah artist Antonietta Fazio won a competition to find an Indigenous-inspired artwork to illustrate the Reconciliation Action Plan.
The first prize of $250 was presented to Ms Fazio just before Christmas.
Her painting themed Walk and Talk Together will appear on the UnitingCare Cutting Edge website and the front cover of the Reconciliation Action Plan when it is launched during NAIDOC Week this year.
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