New Branding and Website!

Show Me The Way has been really pleased to work with students from Rabbit Hole at Western Sydney University for a number of major design projects this year. Students completing their 4th year in Design were divided into two teams.

The first team worked on designing 2 DVD covers and collateral for the My Story Matters 2 and Looking Out Looking In. You’ll see this amazing artwork soon as they are both due to be launched in the near future (stay tuned !!).

The second team did a brand redesign and website redesign. The students were mentored by Ogilvy. Jason Davey, Head of Digital, and Gina Hughes, UX Lead met with all of the students and provided guidance and feedback for their work. The students were treated to a tour of the agency, including a visit to the print production facilities, and heard first hand from other employees about working in the industry.

We are very impressed with the very high professional quality of the work all of the students produced. We are thrilled to have a new identity and a new site that reflects what we now do.

Show Me The Way: Stories from Walgett to Sydney

Story courtesy of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE)

First Nations staff at the Australian Museum in Sydney have become both role

models and documentary subjects for a group of students from Walgett.

The Year 10 students from Walgett Community College are part of Show Me the

Way, an online mentoring program which includes film workshops producing real

stories about the lives and work of real people – in this case, local Walgett

heroes, and staff at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

The students were in Sydney recently to finalise production of their films as part

of their assessment for the seven-month program.

At a special graduation screening at the Museum, stories from Walgett played on

the big screen showcasing Walgett Community College, Gamilaraay language

learning, Walgett’s community garden, the Walgett AMS, and the First Nations

cultural workers at the Australian Museum.

Students Delta Swan, Theresa Murray, Edward Dodd, Makayla Duffy and Zoe

Provest were present at the film screening and certificate presentation. They

were joined by Aunty Glendra Stubbs and Aunty Beryl Van Oploo from the

National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern which hosted the Walgett

mob during their Sydney visit. Aunty Glendra who supported the students during

their time at the NCIE also compered the screening.

Photo l-r: Delta Swan, Theresa Murray, Edward Dodd, Anne Dennis, Aunty Beryl

van Oploo, Makayla Duffy, Zoe Provest.

The students were urged on by Anne Dennis, Vice President of the NSW

Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and a Gamilaraay woman who’s

lived most of her life in Walgett.

Born on Namoi Reserve, Anne spoke to the audience in her Gamilaraay language,

and reminded us all of the importance of maintaining and speaking language, as

her grandparents were banned from learning or practicing language.

“You have all overcome many challenges to be here, all of the perceptions of

disadvantages that people believe when they hear you come from Walgett. We

are all here to support each other and congratulations!”

The films will be available on a DVD titled,

“Looking Out, Looking In”, which will

be launched in Walgett as part of the 2018 NAIDOC celebrations. This DVD will be

held in state, national and public libraries across Australia.

The online mentoring provided by Australian Museum staff and others for the

Show me the Way Program

will continue through till May 2018.

While the Walgett group were in Sydney, The National Centre of Indigenous

Excellence (NCIE) provided accommodation and evening meals; the Royal

Botanic Gardens gave a deadly bushfood tour; Tribal Warrior hosted a cultural

cruise on Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House staff showed the students all

the theatre halls in the building. NCIE’s Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX)

program also ran an an introduction to robotics workshop and Bangarra will meet

the students at a performance in Dubbo in March 2018.

Photo: Show Me The Way students and staff, Australian Museum mentors and

staff and NCIE supporters give the big W for Walgett at the Show Me The Way

film screening at the Australian Museum in Sydney

Ready for work

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

LOCAL cafes and large corporations mixed with Job Ready program students and graduates at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence’s job networking event, Job at First Bite. The event, in Sydney, was about finding ways to partner for sustainable employment, and the companies attending included Stockland, Fresh Catering, Harry’s Cafe, Park Cafe on Chalmers, Clem’s Chicken, Gardiners Lodge, Sodexo and Compass. Over a lunch prepared by chefs Mat Cribb, Jaye Tyrrell and some of the Job Ready team, 10 job offers were made and future commitments locked in.

The NCIE’s Job Ready program, which offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the Certificate II in Hospitality, is led by Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo and Mat Cribb. The program is designed to support graduates for many years after they finish the course.

“Many of our students are facing so many challenges and I’m privileged to be able to support all participants and be surrounded by them here today,” Aunty Beryl said.

“Job Ready trains 60 people every year and assists them into employment, and we keep in touch with graduates from many years ago.

“Sometimes it takes more than an eight-week course to assist someone into employment. The mentoring and support we offer always goes above and beyond what a normal training centre would offer.”

One of the first graduates, in 2006, was Bundjalung and Wiradjuri woman Lisa Mundine, who now runs her own business.

“The course was more than just about learning skills; we were encouraged to think about other industries, and given help to go on and keep going,” she said.

“I want to work with my people, help our mob, and everyone here has the same goal.”
NCIE chief executive Kirstie Parker said the next Job Ready course at the NCIE starts next month.

“Job Ready gives young people the confidence to realise their full potential and gives them the tools to pave the way to a successful career,” she said.

“We’re so proud of the achievements of the graduates; the program has shown to be an asset to both the young people and their communities.”

Hero’s star in short films

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

TO celebrate NAIDOC Week, national not-for-profit Show Me The Way (SMTW) launched the DVD My Story Matters at the State Library of NSW.

The DVD features six short films showcasing unsung heroes in Indigenous communities, which were created by First Nations students during SMTW film workshops.

Bundjalung man and SMTW chair Wayne McEwen said over the past 11 years, the organisation had helped make more than 50 films, which are held by the State Library.

“We really encourage schools and libraries to access the stories,” he said. 

“They are about people in community as role models and mentors, and the films are produced by school kids. They narrate them and hone their skills in production.

“Our mob can relate to stuff visually. We played a couple of videos the other day at the launch and everyone was excited by the visual aspect.”

The Show Me The Way program empowers Aboriginal students to stay at school and study while remaining culturally relevant. Students learn to see the relevance of education while being mentored by workplace role models.

“The students can develop their career and ask questions and get advice,” Mr McEwen said. “They find a lot of personal growth and can continue in business if that’s their passion. Learning becomes a two way journey for the mentor and the student.

“Some of the learning partners involved with the program have conversations about their own mistakes with the young people and help them at the in start of career. They talk about education, education, life and work, dispelling myths around gender.”

Noonuccal woman Tiarnah Class, a SMTW graduate who now works with Westpac, spoke of how the program had changed her life. 

“In 2011 and 2012, I participated in the Show Me The Way program doing a school based traineeship with Westpac,” she said. “It helped me because it’s not every day young Indigenous people get the opportunity to get traineeships in banks or traineeships at all.

“During the program, I was supported every step of the way. Weekly, I had one-on-one time with a Westpac mentor to progress my skills within the bank and the consistent guidance and knowledge about our identities and our Aboriginal backgrounds.”

Mr McEwan said Show Me The Way is funded by donations and hoped that sales of the DVDs through libraries will help to fund future programs. 

Lucinda a high achiever

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Gunggari woman Lucinda Colbert has been recognised for her work during Year 12 at the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards, held in Brisbane.

Ms Colbert received the award for Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student.

The former Forest Lake State High School student said she was surprised when she received her results.

“My mum actually found out first,” she told the Koori Mail.

“I was doing medical training in Poland at the time and I got a message from Mum telling me I’d got the award.

“I was excited. I’d felt so honoured to have been recognised, but it was also overwhelming. I don’t think it really hit me until I got home.”

Ms Colbert is currently on a gap year, but is planning to go to Melbourne University to study medicine in 2019.

She said she was inspired to study medicine after she saw her grandfather battle asbestosis.

“We watched him get worse but we also saw him dedicate his life to raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos in society,” she said.

“Nan learnt to look after him so he could stay at home. The whole family was involved in taking care of him.

“That was our life for a long time, but I also watched the nurses and the doctors and what a difference they made, and that’s the main thing that made me want to study medicine.”

The QCE Awards are sponsored by Bond University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland.

Team looks to future

Story courtesy Koori Mail

A Charles Darwin University research team has proposed a set of three recommendations members say should inform Indigenoushigher education policy.

The team made the recommendations after examining the history of Indigenous higher education in the Northern Territory 

Indigenous Leadership director Wendy Ludwig was a major contributor to the ‘NT Indigenous Higher Education Policy Review’, which examined the effectiveness of policies dating back more than 60 years.

“Essentially we wanted to identify which policies worked and which ones didn’t from Australia’s early policy approaches of assimilation and self-determination, through to today’s outcomes-oriented approaches,” she said.

“This was in response to recognition of decades of research and program evaluations, and the persistent call from Indigenous advocates for the need to learn from history.”

Dr Ludwig said the recommendations were targeted at government and the tertiary sector. They are:

l that the Australian Government establishes and funds an independent National Indigenous Education Committee to consult and provide specialist advice to government on matters relating to Indigenous education at all levels;

l that the NT Government establishes and funds an independent NT Indigenous Education Consultative Group to provide specialist advice to the NT Minister for Education on all sectors of Indigenous education;

l and that CDU and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) explore opportunities to collaborate more effectively, particularly in the field of research.

“We would like to see a greater Indigenous voice in the development of a forward-thinking policy framework that can drive change, and which coordinates investment and research,” Dr Ludwig said.

She said an exploration of Indigenous perspectives of “success” was one of the key aspects of the team’s research.

“We explored how these perspectives related to definitions of success within policy and how these evolved over time,” she said.

“Many of the quantifiable metrics common in policy represent only part of the story; there are other community-focused outcomes that are just as important.

“Clearly the disparity has served as a barrier to the development of genuine partnerships between governments and Indigenous groups and communities in higher education policy reform.”

Dr Ludwig said the review was carried out by CDU’s Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership in collaboration with BIITE.

It is available HERE