Workshops to support indigenous youth in sydney

First Hand Solutions has a new social enterprise offering an authentic Aboriginal tourism experience to the Sydney market while supporting cultural education for young Aboriginal people. Its first initiative is a fundraising day on the historic Bare Island at La Perouse on December 1 2013 featuring creative and interactive workshops by recognised Aboriginal artists.

Launched by Peter Cooley of Firsthand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, the programs aim is to focus on developing the Aboriginal tourism experience on offer in Sydney,  while supporting the traditional inter-generational passing down of knowledge in Aboriginal communities.

“With the passing of elders, Aboriginal culture is vanishing at an alarming rate,” Peter said.  “Knowledge, skills and experience accumulated over thousands of years is disappearing due to a breakdown in communication between generations. Aboriginal youth in turn, are becoming dispossessed from their cultural identity and confused about their position in society, leading to an array of social problems including one of the highest rates of suicide in the world for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander youth – who are also 19 times more likely to be detained in a juvenile facility.

“Through the Bare Hands event we are aiming to generate funds which can go back into our cultural programs such the successful “Back to the Bush” program which deals directly with the issue of cultural reconnection for Aboriginal youth.

First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation is a registered charity supporting hands-on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal peoples. First Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal Corporation with DGR status whose mission is to relieve the suffering, distress, misfortune, helplessness, disadvantage and poverty experienced by Indigenous people and at risk youth through the areas of education, training & employment, cultural development and enrichment, and physical and psychological wellbeing


Newly launched Social enterprise Bare Hands is holding a fundraising day on Bare Island at La Perouse on December 1 2013.

Shell workshop:

Local Aboriginal woman, Maxine Ryan, will help you make the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

made of shells. Maxine is the third generation that shell-work has been passed onto, with her mother and her grandmother both making shell-work at La Perouse before her. Their work features at the National Gallery in Canberra, the newly launched Arnott exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Power House Museum.

Maximum 15 people at $150 per person for one day workshop including materials


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Spearhead Cultural Connections:

Spear making is a traditional Aboriginal skill and important cultural activity linked to survival.

Dean Kelly of Warada Kinship will share his knowledge and skills with workshop participants

about the manufacturing and creation of this ancient tool/weapon. He will also explain where the spear came from and how it has evolved and continues to hold and set the direction for life’sjourney and how its form can be used to continually set and achieve your intended goals.$150 per person for one day workshop including materials


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Women’s weaving workshop:

Join Yuin woman, Jess Sinnott, Aboriginal Education Officer and tour guide, in a weaving

workshop where she will discuss the traditional uses of plants including the ones you weave.

Maximum 15 people at $150 per person for one day workshop including materials


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Catch N Cook cultural tours:

Is a two hour cultural tour around La Perouse that covers the history of the aboriginal people of La Perouse past and present as well as boomerang throwing.

From 10am to midday and two till four o’clock, $90 an adult and $60 a child


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