War on Waste Leaders Learn About Traditional Knowledge Systems

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Recently a group of both Primary and Secondary students from the College War on Waste Leadership Team attended the Cultural Heritage and Environment Education Immersion field day along with the Sunshine Coast Council Kids in Action team and members of the Kabi Kabi and Jinbara First Nations people at Brannochs Reserve, Mooloolah.

Our students worked alongside 320 students from 27 schools from across the Sunshine Coast region, discovering and experiencing traditional knowledge systems and rich ways of connecting to the country while learning how to be future custodians.

Participants engaged in head, heart and hands activities, which included a smoking ceremony, rope making, boomerang and spear throwing, stone knapping, ochre painting. Materials came from local flora and fauna with students using local rocks to create spears and axe heads. They learned traditional ways of living for Indigenous people as well as land care techniques and the valuable role of fire to not only clear but also regenerate ecosystems.