First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation is currently raising money to conduct a 3 day camp in order to bring dads together and share quality time with their children and each other away from the home environment.
First Hand is a small charity that specialises in finding hands on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal people, families and communities and particularly young Aboriginal people. Youth incarceration, suicide and mental health issues among Indigenous youth are at the top on a global scale. Over the past 20 years, First Hand have recognised that dispossession of culture is having a detrimental effect on these young people. Their priority with all their programs is to provide Aboriginal people with an opportunity to reconnect to traditional culture by working with and gaining skills, knowledge and experience from positive Aboriginal role models and skilled Aboriginal community elders.
The camp will be held in Booderee National Park on the NSW south coast for 20 Indigenous dads and dads/Carers of indigenous children can join together with their children on country and reconnect to culture and support each other as fathers. This will build dad and child relationships as well as connecting dads with other dads and building stronger relationships. Camp activities will include making traditional artefacts such as boomerangs and or clapsticks for the boys and digging sticks/weaving for the girls, they will also be taught bush and sea tucker gathering, traditional fire lighting with two sticks and cooking food on an open fire, campfire dreaming stories and cultural dancing. There will also be a dads forum/discussion around a dads role and responsibilities in the family environment. They will also link with and invite local indigenous dads and children from the nearby Aboriginal community of Wreck Bay to join and share stories and culture.
Just some of the expected outcomes are:
1. Strengthened relationships between Indigenous fathers and their children
2. New and strengthened existing relationships between Indigenous dads
3. Strengthened indigenous families through stronger relationships between parents and children and increased family contribution
4. Strengthened communities
5. Reduced issues associated with family breakdown
6. Solid support network of Indigenous dads
7. Cultural exchanges with other communities
As you can see, this is an incredible project to support. I absolutely love the grassroots, hands on approach that First Hand is taking, and therefore I will also put my money where my mouth is.
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