A new program designed to strengthen ties to culture and community while focusing on health among Gunnedah’s Aboriginal men was launched this week.
Min Min Aboriginal Corporation will be able to run their Maruma-li Giwirr (healing Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay Men) program to strengthen youth and men to culture and community, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Community and Place Grants Program.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Min Min Aboriginal Corporation do a great job supporting those in their community who need a place to go to get away from the world.
“This funding is about ensuring local elders are given the opportunity to guide the next generation, supporting them through workshops in men’s health, anger management, dealing with stress, budgeting and money management, addiction and other topics.”
“Self determination and connection to culture will be front of mind when delivering this program, which will have significant benefits to young Aboriginal men in Gunnedah,” he said.
Min Min Aboriginal Corporation Chair Mitchum Neave said the program would bring local men together.
“The main objective of the program is to bring all the men together in the community to check on their wellbeing and their health, and also to get them back on country,” Mr Neave said.
“Some of the people here have never seen those sites so I’d like to take them back out on country because cultural practice and healing is always done out on country.”