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The Campbelltown Intergenerational Aboriginal Project

Campbelltown City Council

The Campbelltown Intergenerational Aboriginal Project, is a partnership initiative between Campbelltown City Council and the Office for Ageing (Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care [DADHC]). The Campbelltown Intergenerational Aboriginal Project aims to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of Aboriginal men and women aged 45 years and over who live, work or use services in the Campbelltown local government area through; valuing the contributions of Aboriginal men and women to the community; promoting learning, respect and understanding across generations and within the wider community; providing opportunities for Aboriginal men and women to have their life stories documented for themselves and their families and providing opportunities for older Aboriginal men and women to come together and strengthen connections with younger people in their community. The project has recorded life stories of older Aboriginal men and women who wish to do so and provide opportunities for them to use their stories in a publication of Aboriginal men and women's stories, visual arts activities, theatre performances and school education materials. The project has brought together older Aboriginal people and young Aboriginal people from the Campbelltown local government area in sharing the life stories of older Aboriginal men and women. Life stories will be used to build respect, intergenerational connections in Aboriginal communities and reduce social isolation for older Aboriginal people. The stories and experiences of the women and men collectively represent a history of a generation of NSW Aboriginal people beyond the borders of cities and towns. There were two publications produced, 'Tell me my Mother' which included 20 stories from Campbelltown's Aboriginal women and 'My Father, My Brother, which also included 20 stories from Campbelltown Aboriginal men. Play scripts were developed from a number of these stories, which were performed by local secondary school students.

2008

Sponsored by Australian Government Department of Families,

Commendation Award

Contact name: Ms Lisa Havilah
Contact position: Project Officer
Contact address: PO Box 57
  CAMPBELLTOWN
Contact phone: (02) 4645 4416
Contact fax: (02) 4645 4385
Contact email: lisa.havilah@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au
Council's web site: http://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au

Strengthening Indigenous Communities Award:

This Award will be given to a project which demonstrates contribution to reconciliation activities, innovation and good practice indeveloping the capacities of Indigenous individuals, families and communities.

Visit the sponsor's web site: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

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Last Updated: 17 October, 2013