Wedge Island Hosts Rangers Graduation Day

The past three years have seen the Midwest Aboriginal Rangers working hard in gaining qualifications in Conservation and Land Management.

In early December, NACC Aboriginal Administration Trainee Taj and Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program Coordinator Bianca headed to Wedge Island to attend a Rangers graduation ceremony!

Caleb Shaw

The day commended Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) rangers as well as former Kwelena Mambakort Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC) trainees, Caleb Shaw and Jordan Jackamarra, for achieving their Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management.

Before the presentation commenced, Yued elder Charlie Shaw performed a Welcome to Country followed by a smoking ceremony.

L to R: Kane Shaw, Christopher McPhee and Taj Mamid

Lead by KMAC trainee ranger Christopher McPhee and his family, the KMAC ranger team created a public cultural mural, providing a safe area to discuss traditional stories and reflect on the pride of caring for country.

L to R: Christine Drayton, Jordan Jackamarra, Jessica Greenfield, Caleb Shaw, Charlie Shaw and Allison Donavon

The NACC NRM team congratulates Caleb Shaw and Jordan Jackamarra on their achievements and would like to thank both DBCA and KMAC for organizing the event while supporting the next generation of environmental custodians.

This program is supported by NACC NRM through funding from the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Taj Mamid – Aboriginal Administration Trainee

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Great work by all involved. One of my past wishes for NACC to engage with Indigenous groups to build confidence so they can spread the magic word about this amazing land we all love & appreciate.
Can’t wait for the day we have the rangers meeting visitors & educating them about the importance of place etc.

Aboriginal Rangers have a wealth of knowledge about caring for country! We could all learn a thing or two from traditional natural resource management practices.
Always appreciative of your support, Yvonne.

Keep up this fantastic project NACC NRM we have had the privilege to also be involved in assisting with the employment of Aboriginal people back on country through your steering—-Thank you for providing our KMAC Corporation this wonderful opportunity ❤️💛🖤

It’s a pleasure to work with the community to assist Indigenous people in getting back on Country. Thank you for all your hard work, Annie!

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