Every year on 4 August National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is celebrated as a way to share the leanings about the vital impact that culture, family and community play in the ongoing development and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.
The team at Port MacDonnell Community Complex invited Boandik Elder Aunty Michelle Jacquelin-Furr to come along and deliver an interactive cultural story-time to children from the local Kirinari Kindergarten. The story was based on her book “Annie’s Story; Growing up Strong on Boandik Country” and was followed by a themed craft activity.
Kindergarten Director Michele Moore said she was pleased the group had an opportunity to visit Port MacDonnell and learn more about Boandik Culture.
“Thank you to the Port MacDonnell Community Complex and Aunty Michelle for inviting us to celebrate the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Children’s Day. It was fabulous to learn more about Annie and to have a field trip for the children, who were deeply engaged in the story and had a great time” she said.
Rounding off the field trip, the children braved the weather and took a short walk to the Jetty Plaza to view the recently installed Boandik cultural posts, a new installation that is a result of a collaboration between Council and the First Nations of the South East. The Boandik Posts set a lovely context for Boandik language and culture and are part of the ongoing upgrades to the Port MacDonnell foreshore through the Waterfront project.