Miyalk (women’s) health business, personal wellbeing and respectful relationships were the focus of a two-day camp attended by our Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy Stars this term.
A range of professionals, and a student teacher from Yirrkala Community Education Centre, joined the girls to share information and encourage discussion about these important issues.
Two staff members from the North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service travelled from Darwin to run an informal session around violence education, consent and healthy relationships.
The girls explored issues including what behaviours fall into ‘healthy’ and ‘non-healthy’ categories, and how they can learn to use their voice to express and defend themselves.
Staff from Miwatj Health also joined for an afternoon to share information about women’s health business and answer any questions from the girls.
As part of the wellbeing activities on the camp, a youth worker from Anglicare NT accompanied the girls on a day-trip to Daliwuy Bay for fishing, a beach picnic and an afternoon of cricket training for the upcoming Stars Cricket Carnival.
In amongst all the discussion, sharing and learning, there was also a lot of fun to be had, with the girls playing spontaneous games of footy, doing some bunggal (traditional dancing), swimming and yarning around the campfire.