Our youth experience the effects of intergenerational trauma without even understanding the shadows of grief we carry from the past and the impacts they cause in our lives.
Murama brings together Indigenous youth to celebrate their cultural journey, to connect them with Elders and each other and empower them to lead their schools and communities towards deeper cultural understanding and appreciation.
Murama is a resilience-based cultural intervention program which is based on the strengths of Aboriginal culture that aims to heal our communities. The program focuses on belonging, kinship and traditional values as the stepping stones in a right of passage to reweave the cultural connectedness between individuals, families, and the community.
The Murama approach aligns with The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and a methodology called Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) used successfully by our North American program partners. Murama is as much about healing the past as it is about building a better tomorrow for all Australians.
Murama Youth Gathering
The Murama Gathering is an ‘on-country’ leadership camp in the urban setting of Sydney. It brings together Indigenous youth to celebrate their cultural journey, to connect them with Elders and each other and empower them to lead their schools and communities towards deeper cultural understanding and appreciation.
Murama Youth Showcase
Emerging leaders from the Murama Youth Gathering are supported to share their cultural pride and showcase their cultural knowledge at an outdoor event open to all schools (Years 3- 6). The event focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Culture.
The magic of Murama Youth Summit
To date, Murama has;
- Engaged 145 Indigenous youth from 21 high schools spanning Greater Western Sydney, Dubbo, Orange, ACT and QLD.
- Murama youth have lead cultural programs for over 9500 people at Sydney Olympic Park.
- Over 5000 mainstream primary students from over 44 schools impacted by Murama Leaders at the Youth Eco Summit.