Stories have always played a major role in Aboriginal culture since time immemorial where Law, protocols and practices were passed down through the generations, administered by our Elders as our knowledge holders; who shared at major ceremonies and six seasons gatherings, the importance by family groups and community of the obligations and responsibilities of caring for country and maintaining cultural heritage.
SKHKAC supports our Aboriginal oral traditions and provides this space for our members and supporters to share their Stories which we feel will enrich Story-Sharing endeavours.
The song Risen and film clip is part of our Music is Healing program where SK Homees and descendants in collaboration with several support musicians based in Perth produced a RAP 6 track CD, Risen has been submitted to several National and International Music, Film and Multimedia Awards.
The ImagiNative Film and Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous film festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital interactive media made by Indigenous screen content creators.
The Festival presents compelling and digestive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitally and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.
RISEN is a finalist in the Best Music Video category.
Risen and DVD was chosen with 6 other individual entries in the cultural and creative expression category, which was streamed live from Canada to Perth 25th October – where the project participants and our staff and Board gathered to view the event and celebrated the RAP CD/DVD Risen entry – a great achievement by SH Homees and descendants.
The Djookana Dandjoo Walbrininy (Sisters Together Healing) Ngala maat – bidi Yaanginy (Sharing our Journey) program developed and delivered by SKHKAC to the aboriginal women who are clients of the Child and Adolescent Community Health Services in Belmont; was a great cultural initiative that also empowered and built capacity in all who participated in the project.
Refer to the SKHKAC Newsletter – Issue #06 December 20219
In the past Sister Kate’s Children’s Home in Perth Western Australia was a place of separation and trauma, as a site where children of the Stolen Generation were placed. The children had a bush block next door to the site where they could escape and reconnect back to country.
It is great to see that this site is now becoming a place of healing and reconnection and that the community has recently received funding to run Back to Country Healing Camps for former residents, their decedents and those affected by trauma.
FISH – Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health believe that if your spirit is broken it doesn’t matter what training, housing, job or education you get, it won’t be sustainable. You first need to heal your spirit. FISH commends the former residents of Sister Kates on this initiative.
A collective of Indigenous young people release a song and music video about connection and belonging. Entitled LOVE and HOPE, the song asks the wider community to listen with their hearts to the lived experiences of Indigenous young people, their friends, families and communities and to consider the role they play in addressing the impacts of racism and the alarming rates of Indigenous youth suicide.
The 2nd National and World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conferences in Perth Western Australia in November 2018 brought together Indigenous Elders, policy makers, researchers and community members from around the world, who came together to recognise the impacts of colonisation, past policies and subsequent trauma, disadvantage, marginalisation, lack of action by governments on Indigenous issues and the need for self-determined culturally responsive healing and recovery programs for suicide prevention.
One such healing program that featured at the Conferences was the Sister Kate’s Home Kid’s Aboriginal Corporation Healing (SKHKAC) Hub.
Throughout the Conference week, participants gathered in the Healing Hub to collaborate on ‘Triptych’; a large artwork that comprises three multilayered and interconnected panels featuring a carpet of wildflowers from Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar – country that reaches across parts of regional Western Australia.
The Triptych artwork will be launched today at a special NAIDOC event at the School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western, Crawley WA following a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony on the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan.
SKHKAC have been delivering a range of cultural based programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families since 2012, working with Elders, Primary Schools, Boordjari Yorga Family Care Services at the Armadale Hospital, School Mates After-School Care and the Champion Centre, City of Armadale. There have been some fabulous outcomes for our families in the region with a range of programs and community events.
The following links showcase some of these projects as well as outlining core values and goals of SKHKAC.
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