Murama Youth Summit
14th-17th November, 2017
Murama brings together Indigenous youth to celebrate their cultural journey, to connect them with Elders and each other and them to lead their schools and communities towards deeper cultural understanding and appreciation. Our youth experience the effects of intergenerational trauma without even understanding the shadows of grief we carry from the past and the impacts they cause in our lives. Murama is a resilience based cultural intervention program which is based on the strengths of Aboriginal culture that aims to heal our communities. The program focuses on belonging, kinship and traditional values as the stepping stones in a rite of passage to reweave the cultural connectedness between individuals, families, and the community. Murama is as much about healing the past as it is about building a better tomorrow for all Australians.
Murama Youth Gathering
The Murama Gathering is an ‘on-country’ leadership camp in the urban setting of Sydney. It brings together Indigenous youth to celebrate their cultural journey, to connect them with Elders and each other and empower them to lead their schools and communities towards deeper cultural understanding and appreciation.
Murama Youth Showcase
Emerging leaders from the Murama Youth Gathering are supported to share their cultural pride and showcase their cultural knowledge at an outdoor event open to all schools (Years 3- 6). The event focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Culture.
MURAMA Youth Summit FAQ’s
What is The MURAMA Youth Summit?
The Murama Gathering is an ‘on-country’ leadership camp in the urban setting of Sydney. It will bring together Indigenous youth to celebrate their cultural journey, to connect them with Elders and each other and empower them to lead their schools and communities towards deeper cultural understanding and appreciation.
How much does it cost?
The lowest that we can bring this to is $250 per person including all meals and accommodation from Dinner, 14th November to Afternoon Tea, 17th November. We encourage you to fund this locally but please talk to us if there is a particular need and we can work with you to seek sponsorship.
Where is The MURAMA Youth Summit?
The Summit will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Lodge and utilise the facilities and Parklands of Newington Armory by the Parramatta River at Sydney Olympic Park. The Lodge is managed by YMCA who are a MURAMA Partner www.camping.ymcansw.org.au/sopl
Who is invited to The MURAMA Youth Summit?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander emerging leaders (Secondary School Students) along with their Elders and mentors. Representatives from all States and Territories are welcome. The key criteria for young people is that they want to be there.
Do participants have to come from an existing program?
Ideally participants will represent existing cultural identity and leadership development programs delivered by universities, schools, government agencies and community organisations. We want to ensure MURAMA participants have ongoing local support and opportunities for action. If an informal network can deliver this, then that’s fine.
What will participants do at The MURAMA Youth Summit?
A draft program is included later in this pack. In addition to inspirational presentations and cultural sharing, time will be devoted to preparing for The MURAMA Journey.