Budja Budja Aboriginal Co-Op has partnered with VACCHO for the Gariwerd Youth Connections program as a part of a Healthy Communities initiative.
The Gariwerd Youth Connections program conducted a three-day camp for children aged 5-11 years old, and an overnight camp for children aged 12-17 years old.
Across the camps, 55 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children came together and took part in a range of activities such as Hip-Hop dancing, archery, boomerang throwing, art, song, storytelling, high ropes climbing, bush walking, and ceremony.
“It’s great to have Aboriginal people come together and learn with each other”
“What I hope the kids receive from this program is that real sense of pride knowing exactly who they are, and know that we do come from the longest surviving culture, and that is something to be proud of.” ”
The Healthy Communities initiatives focus on the importance of Culture and Connection in improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
VACCHO hopes to continue the Gariwerd Youth Connections program and establish similar programs at other Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations around Victoria. For more information get in touch with our Healthy Communities team.