In April, Grace had the pleasure of meeting Indigenous high school students from the Mining and Lands Camp at Curtin University’s Yarning Circle. Grace spoke about her journey as a young Nyoongar Yamatji Woman through high school, university – where she graduated with an Environmental Biology degree, and into different workplaces up until joining the team at Healing Country. Grace challenged the students to put their environmental hats on while visiting mining sites and to think from the Boodja’s/Country’s perspective of what needs to be done post mining. Stephen van Leeuwen also joined the students later on in the week and had a yarn, followed by a walk and talk session through Kings Park where Stephen taught the girls about the cultural importance and uses of specific plants including balgas (grass trees), mulga trees, spinifex and more.
Big thank you to Tim Keely and his team for organising this camp and for involving the Healing Country Team, we loved yarning with the students! 😁