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Land rights news : Central Australia



Land rights news : Central Australia

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Alice Springs


Land Rights News : Central Australia


Volume 2 Number 2, August 2012

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News young women from 13 communities came together with their teachers and senior women for the 2012 Kungka Career Conference earlier this year. I learnt to speak for myself and to be strong and proud, was a typical comment from women who took part in the conference, which has been run by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Womens Council since 1997. The Kungka Career Conference takes a positive approach to some serious issues. It offers a big range of possibilities, opportunities and success stories. During the conference, women heard from 12 different local Aboriginal role models and sampled some of the 70 different workshops on offer. Aileen Shannon from Fregon community talked about starting up her own business and the importance of education and family in achieving goals. Emma Stubbs from Amata first attended the Kungka Career Conference as a 12 year old participant. Now 27 years old, Emma works for NPY Womens Council Domestic Violence Service and spoke at the Conference, encouraging other young women to think about their futures and believing in themselves. Being shame job isnt the way to be - wiya kuntaringinyi- dont be shame! she said. Emma also delivered workshops on respectful relationships to small groups at the Conference. Other workshops dealt with mental health, nutrition and cooking, sexual health and looking after your body, job opportunities (including ranger work, making bush medicines and basket weaving with the NPY Womens Council Tjanpi Desert Weavers), understanding the law, sports, music and arts. sound of giggling preschool children echoed through the bush, as they immersed themselves in a culture lesson. The group was made up of the children of Anamarra, their teachers, a couple of mothers and me, the community engagement police officer at Papunya. We headed out to a place I naively thought was no different from the kilometres of bushland we passed on our way. To our experts, however, though we had arrived at Mother Natures kitchen pantry. The women disappeared, digging sticks in hand, into the mulga bushes with a gaggle of children merrily following. I was left with the important job of making the fire. I dont believe the children thought I was up to the task unassisted as they continued to check on my progress, bring me handfuls of sticks and offer me advice on stick placement. The hunters emerged from the scrub with their ample quarry of maku, (witchetty grubs. The great catch was cooked in the coals of our fire and the meal was enjoyed by Kungkas check out career paths Anamarra school gets a day out are looking a bit cooler for residents of Mutitjulu, with the construction of the communitys longawaited pool to begin soon. CAT Projects has guided the design devel opment of this multimillion dollar project, working closely with the Mutitjulu Working Group and the CLCs Community Development Unit. The contract to build the pool is expected to be awarded in August. Traditional owners directed rent money from the lease of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park to the pool project, with more funding from the Aboriginals Benefit Account . Mutitjulu pool on the way READERS CONTRIBUTION

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