Tennant Creek Community Update May 2016
A focus on human rights
With support from the WCE initiative in Tennant Creek two local youth Tshanka Storey and Kade Green recently graduated from Indigenous Human Rights Training at University of NSW. From there, Tshanka and Kade met with teacher Mr William Lutwytche from Tennant Creek High School alongside Mr Geoffrey Shannon and Ms Valda Shannon (community researchers and cultural advisors) to work through how they could incorporate Indigenous Human Rights in the local year 11 class. This meeting was recorded for a documentary currently being filmed in Tennant Creek about new teachers integrating into the NT that will air on SBS in 2017. This builds on additional work Valda and Mr Shannon have been progressing about how to incorporate cultural elements into the school curriculum and the importance of excursions of the local area when talking to high school students about the local culture and history of the area. The support they are offering is unique because Mr Shannon has Indigenous history of this area in his head and can pass on stories of sacred history and learning that are not documented in the Australian history books.
Indigenous involvement through school governance
In Tennant Creek we have been working closely with the school councils in Tennant Creek High School, Tennant Creek Primary School and Ali Curung Primary School to strengthen the input and voices of Indigenous parents. In order to have quality education more Indigenous voices need to be heard about what the community wants for their children’s education. With support through the WCE initiative, five Indigenous parents were recently nominated to the Tennant Creek High School Council. The WCE team were subsequently invited to attend the following high school council meeting. This included Indigenous community members from six communities around the NT who have a long history of influencing their school councils, some which have gone on to transition to independent schools in their areas. This was an excellent way to ‘share stories’ between the current Tennant Creek High School Council and the WCE team. We will continue to work together to strengthen educational governance in Tennant Creek for the remainder of this year.
NAILSMA work in Tennant Creek
NAILSMA is working with a group of TOs and other community members in Elliott to develop a plan for a significant conservation area on their country. The planning process is focused on developing a clear vision for this site with TOs, and identifying and facilitating education and training pathways for TOs to develop skills to manage this country.As part of this process, 6 TOs visited Darwin in February 2016. They attended the ILM Native Title Workshop with participants from Yirrkala and Maningrida to learn more about native title, and they also visited other relevant organisations in Darwin to explore opportunities in education and environmental and cultural site management. In April, NAILSMA also delivered I-Tracker training to TOs and employees of Triple P Contracting, an Indigenous-run business in Elliott. Click here to read more about the ILM Native Title Workshop that TOs attended in Darwin.