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Feeling Deadly not Shame workshop 2011
Report by Garry Creighton, June 2011
The Feeling Deadly not Shame workshop has been implemented again in the North and North West of New South Wales in 2011. Three schools have been targeted to date this year, Tamworth McCarthy High School, Tamworth Westdale Public School and the Tamworth Parry Tutorial School. The workshops have targeted approximately 58 Aboriginal students from the Tamworth zone.
The workshop is an initiative of MindMatters Australia and is operated in partnership with members of the Tamworth Yaamanhaa Aboriginal Men’s Group, including Garry Creighton, Robert Bergan, Luke Allan, Chris Hunt, Pete Johnson, Scott Trindall and Dalliss Ramage.
The workshops attempt to impact upon and encourage Aboriginal students to stay resilient and strong in mind, body and spirit. They reinforce our Aboriginal students pride and strength in identity and culture. The Aboriginal men from the Yaamanhaa Aboriginal Men’s Group not only act as facilitators in this program but as mentors and role models too.
Other townships in the North and North West of NSW where the workshops have been conducted with favourable responses include Narrabri High School, Manilla High School and Boggabilla High School.
The Feeling Deadly not Shame workshop has been repurposed to suit the cultural need of Aboriginal students in Armidale in the Northern Tablelands of Northern NSW and it is progressing well through the support and tireless effort of Ms Megan Widders.
With the assistance of Luke Allan, the workshop is also being workshopped and repurposed to suit the cultural needs of Aboriginal students in the township of Tenterfield in the North Eastern region of NSW. Luke has spent numerous hours facilitating workshops and encouraging schools in the Tenterfield area to include the Feeling Deadly not Shame Workshop as a part of their educational program for Aboriginal students.