Staff and participants from Bamara’s DHUB – Dubbo Opportunity Hub recently joined NASCA students from their Young Women’s Academy in Western NSW to participate in NASCA’s inaugural Bunmalgirri Cultural Careers event in Dubbo.

Bunmalgirri is a Wiradjuri word that means “making and doing into the future.”

Our DHUB mentors run sessions for the Young Women’s Academy for participants attending sessions with our member schools. Bamara is a proud Community Partner with NASCA, which designs and delivers programs that respond to community needs, are flexible and are culturally safe.

The event started with Aunty Janet Welcoming us to Tubba-Gah Wiradjuri Country, followed by the amazing dancers of Dinawan’s Connection, blessing, and cleansing the event with a Welcome dance.

Our students then participated in a panel discussion with three amazing women involved in Native Foods and agriculture businesses led by DHUB Schools Program and Mentor Coordinator Caroline Dallinger.

These women are First Nations leaders, community-minded entrepreneurs who spoke passionately about developing a career in this industry and about incorporating Culture into their everyday lives and careers.

Along with the panel discussions, our girls visited local Aboriginal-owned businesses and built on their work-ready skills, such as resume writing. They also played traditional Indigenous Games and participated in arts and crafts workshops, demonstrating the importance of experiencing and enhancing various modes of communication.

It’s initiatives like this, which are developed and led by the community, that make all the difference to our young people.

Our girls travelled from places such as Narromine, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Orange, and all three Dubbo College Campuses to participate in this event, and the feedback when wrapping up was overwhelmingly positive. The girls explained how they were now feeling more connected and less shame, and inspired to find their pathways to a better future Culturally and in life.

As many hands made light work, our lunches were provided by community organisations such as Food Futures Company and Orana Support. Our leaders at Dreamtime Tuka, Indigiearth and Edible Native Landscapes provided the goods with morning tea and samples of their fantastic connection to Culture through foods.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with NASCA and collaborating on developing and delivering programs such as this to provide fantastic opportunities for our kids.

Photo Credit: NASCA

About DHUB

As part of the NSW Government’s OCHRE initiative (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment), Bamara leads the work of the Dubbo Opportunity Hub (DHUB), a program for Aboriginal students in Dubbo and Wellington focusing on transitioning from education to careers and employment.