A group of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from BSSC and Eaglehawk Secondary College had an inspiring experience today when they attended the Weenthunga Bendigo Nyarrn-Gakgo Mangkie Health Day.
The annual day is designed to support young women who are interested in careers in health, and empower them with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their future pathways.
The day began with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by Dja DJa Wurrung woman Rebecca Phillips.
Rebecca spoke beautifully about the importance of Language and the need for young women to support one another through life.
“Dja Dja Wurrung Language is born here—it’s from nowhere else,” she said. “When we speak it, we are connecting with Country.
“You need the Sisterhood to get you through your teenage years… every one of you has the right to be safe, strong, happy and healthy.”
The day continued with wonderful presentations by First Nation women working in the health industry, a bush foods demonstration from Murnong-Mammas, and Alumni sharing their stories and pathways beyond secondary school.