Name of School

Borroloola School

Name of Ranger Group

Garrwa, Waanyi Garrwa Rangers and Li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers

What languages do you mainly speak in your community?

We have 4 clan groups in Borroloola which are Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Mara and Guadanji.

Yanyuwa and Garrwa are the two main languages spoken in the community.

How many people live in your community?

Approximately 2000

When did the Learning on Country Program start in your community?

The Learning on Country Program commenced in Borroloola in August 2018.

What does the Learning on Country Program mean to your community?

It is about shared respect and meaning. Sharing of knowledge and experience of living and working together through two-way learning.

Why is it important?

The Learning on Country Program benefits our students by helping them engage with their own culture and identity building a stronger connection to land. It teaches all our students about culture, tradition and language.

What type of LoC activities happen at your community?

Women’s camps, Men’s camps, family fun days, weekly classroom activities, local excursions, bush tucker collection, art, traditional cooking, song and dance, kinship mapping, identity, ceremonies, Rangers and their work, roles and responsibilities.

Tell us about the Rangers supporting the LoC Program. What lessons are they teaching the students about your country?

Rangers this year have supported LoC through our on-country women’s camp teaching students about country, land, art, artefact, basket weaving and hunting.

What future training or work opportunities are available in your community for LoC students?

Conservation and Land Management.

What other LoC Partnerships are happening in your community?

Working with Marlene from Artback NT, Yanyuwa and Garrwa Elders learning songs in language.

What is something you are most proud of about LoC in your community?

Through two-way learning the LoC Program inspires and empowers our students helping them to achieve their dreams and goals successfully with confidence.

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