A lesson on land connection

CULTURAL LESSON: Wirangu elders and facilitators Susie Betts, Veda Betts and Della Sansbury delivered the Care for our Warna Manda program with Elliston students.
CULTURAL LESSON: Wirangu elders and facilitators Susie Betts, Veda Betts and Della Sansbury delivered the Care for our Warna Manda program with Elliston students.
CARING FOR LAND: Susie Betts with Elliston students on the beach in a visioning exercise.

CARING FOR LAND: Susie Betts with Elliston students on the beach in a visioning exercise.

STUDENTS at Elliston Area School were provided with a message of caring for their environment during a recent two-day program featuring Care for our Warna Manda program.

The program, which is a Warna-Manda Women's Aboriginal Corporation school program, offers basic aspects of Wirangu culture to primary schools across the region and is delivered with assistance from Wirangu elders Veda Betts and Della Sansbury.

"The instructors provide insights into how the Wirangu ancestors would have lived along and around the Far West Coast and cared for country," Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula NatureLinks officer Emma Coates said.

"It's a positive program about looking forward, reconciliation and increasing awareness of Wirangu culture."

The program also included several excursions with students visiting the Elliston wetlands, which features interpretive signage of the Wirangu lifestyle.

Other activities included artwork and making damper.

Cultural advisor/director Susie Betts said at the end of the two days students were presented with certificates of guardianship to care for mother earth.

"The children really responded to the program and Aunty Della and mum shared stories about their own childhood and what they learnt," she said.

"The Warna-Manda Aboriginal Women Corporation hopes that all children can take away some knowledge of how they can care and respect for their mother earth and have a basic understanding of Wirangu culture."

Schools who are interested in the Care for our Warna Manda program can contact Susie Betts on 0477 161 831 or email at warnamanda1@gmail.com.

This story A lesson on land connection first appeared on West Coast Sentinel.

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