In First Nations communities, culture is embedded in all aspects of life.
Our Cultural & Creative Development and Wellbeing platform is no different. It is felt in everything we do.
Children’s Ground is:
- Providing opportunities for Learning on Country and First Language learning
- Supporting families to reignite traditional dance practices
- Creating social enterprises led by cultural knowledge
- Ensuring families can access traditional health practices, including bush medicines
Learning activities, health promotion and community empowerment include Cultural & Creative Development. First Nations traditional health practices are embedded into learning activities. Cultural health specialists support the health and wellbeing of children and their families. Children spend time on Country, where they connect to the land and collect bush medicine. They learn First Language and practice cultural dance and song.
Creative activities help make learning fun for children and are used in therapeutic approaches to wellbeing. All learning sessions include creative expression. Painting, drawing, working with clay, and other artistic outlets allow children, young people and adults to engage in calm, healing activities together.
The Children’s Ground Approach is guided by Elders over many years both from Central Australia and the Top End. Their leadership is crucial in everything we do.
Additionally, Elders support the development of younger staff. They serve as role models who share their cultural knowledge. Their guidance is central to the design, delivery and evaluation of our work.
We are directed today in our cultural work by Arrernte Elder and law woman MK Turner OAM. She is a founder of Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe (Children’s Ground Central Australia).
Her book Iwenhe Tyerrtye: What it means to be an Aboriginal Person (compiler Barry McDonald, IAD Press, 2010) is a critical guide.
Her work, Forever Rising From and with Country outlines the Arrernte world view. This provides an overview of the First Nations educational, health, governance and social systems that underpin our work.