Show Me The Way program sees local heroes on screen

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A COLLECTION of documentary films that showcase Aboriginal local heroes, made by students from Walgett Community College in NSW in 2017 was screened to a packed room at the Redfern Community Centre in Sydney recently.

Many members of the local Redfern community and other supporters of Show Me The Way met to celebrate the achievements of the Walgett students.

One of the speakers, Aunty Beryl Van Oploo is originally from Walgett

I work for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and Aunty Glendra Stubbs and I hosted the kids up there when they came to Sydney to film at the Australian Museum,” she said. I’m so proud of the students. Education is the key. If youve got an education youve got a voice, youve got a choice.

Aunty Beryl will be one of the interviewee role models in the next Show Me The Way – Walgett program starting soon. Based on the success of the 2017 program Show Me The Way will be running programs in Walgett for the next three years.

The film series is available through public libraries or ask your library to purchase a copy via the State Library of NSW.

Show Me The Way is a media partner of the Koori Mail.


Top Image: L to R: Chris Maguire, General Manager of Show Me The Way, Aunty Beryl Van Oploo, MC Brendan Littlechild, Ronald Briggs from Indigenous Services, State Library of NSW, David Luschwitz, teacher, Walgett Community College and Oriana Acevedo, Public Libraries, State Library of NSW

Lower Image: Auntie Beryl Van Oploo, Speaker and owner of Yaama Catering, who provided the morning tea

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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FOUR young people have just graduated from the University of Southern Queensland’sIndigenous Trainee program.Hannah Ward, Karlee Germon-Peterson, Kiara Taylor and Joshua Tribe spent last year building their skills and knowledge at the Toowoomba-based university.It was part of USQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Development and Employment Strategy, which aims to attract, recruit and retain Indigenous people to academic and professional positions.Ms Ward, a Kunja woman, praised the program“I’ve spent the past year as an Indigenous Trainee at USQ and I can’t tell you how much it has meant, not only to me, but to our people,” she said.

USQ vice-chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie congratulated the trainees graduating from the program.“USQ is committed to closing the gap in training, education and employment outcomes between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people and by improving educational outcomes we can contribute to closing the employment gap,” she said.USQ Indigenous employment officer Sharron Jackson said the 2017 trainees had every reason to be proud.“They have worked very hard and demonstrated great professionalism and commitment,” she said.

“The traineeship program is a great success with indicators being that the majority of its graduates have ventured into further education or employment.”

USQ’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship program graduates, from left, Joshua Tribe, Karlee Germon-Peterson, Kiara Taylor and Hannah Ward.

Making changes leads to honour

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Central Queensland University has given an honorary degree of Doctor has been given to National Congress of Australia’s (NCA) First Peoples co-chair, Jackie Huggins.

Dr Huggins was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001 for her community work and advocacy work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

At the graduation ceremony Dr Huggins accepted the award and invited the audience “to join us to overcome the systemic disadvantages faced by your First Australians”.

NCA First People’s co-chair Rod Little said the organisation was fortunate to have Dr Huggins as a leading spokesperson on a range of complex issues impacting on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“Dr Huggins’ dedication to engaging and educating the wider community is reflected in the fact that one-day Dr Huggins can be found speaking with ministers, senior advisors and the media about policy, and the next day listening to students, parents and principals about education and leadership,” he said.

“NCA First Peoples has created one of the largest networks of our Peoples in the country. Every day we work alongside 180 organisational members many of whom are national peak bodies and community organisations changing lives on the ground.”

“I hope this recognition inspires more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and others to follow in Jackie’s footsteps and advocate for positive change for our people in Australia.

CQUniversity chancellor John Abbott said Dr Huggins has served as an exemplar to CQUniversity staff, students and guests.

“She offered strong leadership, guidance, advice and support to staff and was a strong advocate in standing up against domestic, family and community violence,” he said.


The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

Nurse makes certain her voice is heard

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Registered nurse Banok Rind, a YamatjiBadimia woman.

IT was because of the ill health in her family that Yamatji-Badimia woman Banok Rind decided to become a nurse.
“My dad has diabetes and every one of his siblings had diabetes – and then there’s the chronic diseases that go with it,” Ms Rind said. 

“When you live in remote places, some towns don’t have the best access to health services, and some of my aunties and uncles have shame about going to health services because they don’t feel comfortable. 

“If you’re not comfortable to seek help, then that will affect your health – physically and mentally.”

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