ABORIGINAL students have completed the inaugural edition of an empowerment project designed to engage them with their culture.
Sixteen students have graduated from the National Empowerment Program (NEP) designed to link participants with leaders in their community.
The program was facilitated by Relationships Australia and the Langford Aboriginal Association (LAA) and will continue thorough a community garden project at LAA.
They will also be linked with existing women, men and youth groups and take part in life skills each month.
Participant Gillian Woods said the program gave her an opportunity to grow on a personal and professional level.
“I was able to engage in a large group setting, learn more about my Aboriginal heritage through our past history, and share my knowledge and experience as a Noongar woman about what ‘culture’ looks like to me,” Gillian said.
“I personally feel I have developed a much better and stronger understanding of my peoples struggles, past and present, but also how to be a good leader in my community, my employment, and in other settings in my life.”
Interested Aboriginal community members are encouraged to call 6164 0463 for further information.