The incentive of getting back to Country has again improved education outcomes and attendance at Kalumburu Remote Community School this year.
Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation’s Uunguu Rangers hosted 13 students at this year’s Culture Camp on their Wunambal Gaambera Country in the North Kimberley.
The committed student group spent four days learning about bush plants and animals, how to make spears, fish, and hear stories about rock art near the Garmbemirri Ranger Camp on Anjo Pensinula.
Students also gained an insight into rich World War II history at the adjacent Mungalalu Truscott Air Base, which many of their old people had helped to build and operate during wartime.
Head Uunguu Ranger Neil Waina said students clearly enjoyed being on Country and exposed to the work and places Rangers experience most days.
“Being out here with us is a great way for kids to learn what we have been taught by our old people,” Mr Waina said.
“They can also see the sort of career they might like to have looking after and managing Country when they leave school.”
Selection for the camp is based on school attendance, behaviour, leadership and respectful choices.