Country, Culture, People, Future

October 2012

2012 Annual Report now available for download

Posted: October 31st, 2012

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YMAC is proud to release our Annual Report for the 2011/12 financial year. In addition to our complete financial statements, the report also contains many highlights from the year, a message from the CEO, a report from the Board of Directors and many beautiful pictures of country.

Click here to download our Annual Report from our website or email srosenfeld@ymac.org.au to request a hard copy.

Students wanted for 2013 Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School

Posted: October 30th, 2012

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The 2013 Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) is looking for students to participate in a week-long engineering program taking place at Curtin university in January next year.

The course is run by Curtin University in partnership with Engineering Aid Australia, and is held annually for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students from around the country. It is a seven-day live-in summer school, and features a combination of engineering and social activities that will prepare students for further engineering studies and careers.

Students chosen to take part in the program will meet engineers and participate in classes, labs and field trips to give them a hands-on experience of engineering. As well as this, they will have the chance to form a social network to encourage each other, and others, to follow engineering careers.

To apply, students must be currently enrolled in years 10 or 11 and have demonstrated the interest and academic potential to pursue a career in engineering. Chosen students will be fully financially supported to participate in the IAESS in Perth.

For more information including application forms, brochures and videos, please visit the IAESS website.

Alternatively, contact the program coordinator, Tim Keely via t.keely@curtin.edu.au or (08) 9266 7884.

Indigenous Leadership Scholarships on Offer in WA

Posted: October 25th, 2012

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Applications are now open for the 2013 Indigenous Leadership Program, which aims to increase the number of Indigenous people in positions of leadership in the Western Australian resource sector.
The scholarship program, offered by Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA (CME) in partnership with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM),  provides Indigenous people currently employed within CME member companies with the opportunity to undertake a nationally accredited Certificate IV in Frontline Management.
The program is designed for those currently in management positions, and has been tailored specifically to meet the needs and learning styles of Indigenous managers and supervisors. The wide range of skills developed during the program enable participants to apply leadership and management expertise across many different work roles and industry sectors.
The program will run from 25 February-1 March 2013, with additional coaching sessions from 4 March-23 May 2013.
There are four scholarships on offer. Applications close Friday 9 November 2012.
For eligibility and application requirements, visit the CME website.
Application forms can be downloaded here
For further information, contact Bruce Campbell-Fraser on (08) 9220 8526, or email: b.campbell-fraser@cmewa.com

Tickets Still Available for 2012 Peacock Masquerade Charity Ball

Posted: October 22nd, 2012

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The Bloodwood Tree Associationg would like to invite you to the 2012 Peacock Masquerade Annual Ball, being held this Saturday 27th October 2012 at the Wanangkura Stadium in South Hedland.

The ball is a charity event raising funds for suicide prevention programs in the Pilbara region, with all proceeds going to the Healthy Minds Community Group in Hedland.

The evening will feature entertainment by local band Brad Hall and the Bad Influence, former AFL star Heath Black, a live auction, raffles and fine dining.

Prizes will be awarded for Belle and Beau of the Ball, Most Creative Outfit and many more, so come dressed in your best!

For tickets, please contact Tiffany Turland at events@bloodwoodtree.org.au or (08) 9138 3000.

The Bloodwood Tree Association is a not-for-profit Aboriginal corporation based in South Hedland that seeks to help the Indigenous community in a variety of ways, including employment programs, services for homeless people and substance abuse programs.

For further information on the Bloodwood Tree Association, please visit their website: http://www.bloodwoodtree.org.au/

YMAC contributes to Indigenous Community Stories

Posted: October 17th, 2012

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YMAC recently applied, and has been selected, the ‘Indigenous Community Story’ initiative through the Film & Television Institute (FTI) in partnership with Rio Tinto, ScreenWest, Leighton and Ngarda Civil & Mining.

The two Indigenous Community Story Projects that have been successfully selected include, ‘A snapshot of the rich cultural heritage of the Pilbara region told by four senior elders’ and ‘The historical significance of Aboriginal stockman and their connection to country; told through the eyes and life of respected senior Jurruru elder, Toby Smirke.’


The two stories will be filmed on country in early 2013 and aim to digitally archive stories for future generations to view over the next 100 years and beyond. Click here for more information on the Indigenous Community Stories project.

Artists Honoured at Yamaji Art’s New Home

Posted: October 16th, 2012

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Lakiesha Green-Ryan, Allison Yearwood and Charmaine Green of Yamaji Arts.

Yamaji Art, the Aboriginal owned and operated art centre in Mid West, Western Australia, has opened its new doors at the Bill Sewell Complex in Geraldton, along with its website launch, yamajiart.com

The new gallery space was officially launched on Friday 12th October, with a tribute event honouring the memory of two artists who played an integral part in the growth of Yamaji Art.
Representatives of the McIntosh and Boddinton families celebrated the memory of the artists with speeches, songs, dancing and a tree planting ceremony.

Yamaji Arts Manager Allison Yearwood said, “Today was about celebrating the lives of these two women who helped us so much, who brought us to the point of now having our own space. We’ve grown from a little art centre to this, and our new website is showing local work to international audiences. We are here opening our doors and we hope the community feel this is their place to share.”

www.yamajiart.com

Educational training programs for young women in Geraldton

Posted: October 8th, 2012

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SHINE is an award winning educational program based in Geraldton that empowers young women with the skills and tools required to build a successful career. The program takes place within a purpose-built hairdressing salon at John Willcock College, and aims to develop confidence in girls at risk of leaving school by inspiring them to learn through a hands-on, fun and engaging environment. SHINE offers skills and leadership training to indigenous and ‘at risk’ girls aged between 13 and 15, and prepares these students for future traineeships and placement within the workforce. For more information on the program, visit the SHINE website.

Yamatji Dolls and Yarning on show in Geraldton

Posted: October 3rd, 2012

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Dolls and Yarning is an exhibition of dolls created by Yamaji parents, grandparents and young people in Geraldton and Northampton, Western Australia.

The exhibition comes after a series of doll making skills were learnt and shared in workshops during the year, that included yarning about family, learning, culture, play and education. As the creative process unfolded these inanimate objects came to life as the dolls and yarns became closely stitched together while Aboriginal ways of teaching and learning were explored, honoured and celebrated.

The exhibition runs until 5 November at the WA Museum Geraldton, Batavia Coast Marina.

 

Dolls and Yarning has been developed and presented by Western Australian Museum Geraldton in partnership with the Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre. The Dolls and Yarning project is funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) through the Parental and Community Engagement (PaCE) program.

For more information contact the Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre on 08 9921 4477