Celebration Day 2017
On Tuesday the 7th of February, Youth and Community Learning Centre had its annual Traditional Welcome which included a performance and smoking ceremony by local Indigenous dance group Winangali Infusion. Around 35 community members turned out for the event and sat side by side with the YCLC students, watching on as the performers welcomed in the new year.
Winangali Infusion Director Wayne Hippi explained the importance of the ceremony by saying “we do this to cleanse the old, negative energies and replace them with good, positive energies. We sing out to the good spirits and we ask them to help us purify the hearts and minds of those present… It’s a way to heal the wounds of the past, and to move forward together toward a new healing”.
The students of YCLC then participated in a 40 minute workshop focusing on the benefits of spirituality, and how their faith can assist them in healing themselves and finding their path towards a better and brighter future. YCLC Engagement Officer Josh Waters says that this especially is important for their young people at this time of year because it gets them prepared and in the right mindset to pursue their goals. He continued “We believe it is imperative that young people commence the year with a positive outlook and a clear heart and mind. That is the key to the door of success.”