Wala Sisters Expansion Program
NAIDOC special open session, The Merindas
The Merindas are rocking our Wala Sisters Program for NAIDOC week and inviting all our young First Nations women to join via Zoom.
Tuesday 10th November 5pm
Wala Sisters Expansion Program is opening this session to all First Nations young women to connect with the talented Kristel Kickett ((Ballardong Whadjuk) and Candice Lorrae (Jawoyn/Thursday Islander) to be inspired by their music and creative process and established artists.
Nakia Cadd, proud Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung, Bunitj artist who worked with our Wala Sisters to create our Wala Sisters design.
The water (wala) represents the journey, flowing from where we are now (left gathering circle) to where we are going (right gathering circle).
The U symbols represent our matriarchs, the strong women before us who laid down the foundations in our communities and a reminder that we come from greatness!
Wala Sisters Artist, Nakia Cadd
Wala Sisters Expansion Program opened September 9th 2020 with twenty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women aged 12-19 engaged in fortnightly group circles online and 1:1 mentoring.
Wala Sisters were welcome by Wurundjeri and Yorta Yorta Elder Aunty Zeta Thomas in the opening circle inviting guest facilitators fortnightly, Tuesday 4:30-6pm via Zoom.
Wala Sisters Welcome, Aunty Zeta Thomas
Why Wala Sisters Expansion Program
The mentoring program addresses the need for First Nations young women to connect to self, culture and country, expanding expression and confidence for a more healthier and self-determined future.
Wala Sisters Expansion program aims to achieve this through ongoing mentoring, engaging with Elders, positive role models and other young Aboriginal women, in a safe space to creatively express and explore their talents, dreams and aspirations.
Wala Sisters Expansion Program focuses on our values; connection, expression & empowerment.
The program offers online mentoring for 2020 and an intensive experience on country early 2021, with sisters (participants), big sisters (mentors), Aunties and Elders.
Wala Sisters participants will receive:
Four months mentoring via video calls including group and individual check-ins
Access to big sister mentors
Guest facilitators and inspirational role models
Self-practices to develop topics and values
Creative projects to share with Sisters
An experience camping on country at the conclusion of the program