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Rivers and Reconciliation with Ela Ghandi

Sunday, December 15th, 2013
The Millennium Kids family join Ela on the foreshore at Matilda Bay.

The Millennium Kids family join Ela on the foreshore at Matilda Bay.

It is not often you get the chance to sit and talk with a relative of Mahatma Ghandi(1869-1948), leader and freedom fighter in British ruled India. The fact that Ela Ghandi, granddaughter of Mahatma Ghandi  was in Perth during the week of the memorials for another freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, was not lost on the Millennium Kids office when the invitation to meet Ela came through.

Ela Ghandi is a peace activist and was a parliamentarian in South Africa during the Mandela years and as Millennium Kids also works in South Africa is was a great way to celebrate Mandela’s life and share his thoughts about reconciliation with a woman whose history has been   shaped by leaders who talk and walk peace.

The Millennium Kids were able to talk to Ela about their latest leadership program Discovering Our Rivers. The children met Ela on the foreshore at Matilda Bay , a magnificent backdrop to the meeting, but a gentle reminder that rivers around the world have been changed as colonisers have settled, cleared land and depended on rivers for transport, growing food and much needed drinking water for people as well as precious livestock.

Marie Taylor, a Noongar Elder, welcomed Ela to the area and talked of the rich history of her people who were displaced when the colony was started on the Swan River. Millennium Kids Zahnee, Hannah and Jedsen talked about their recent journey to discover the past in New Norcia where they found a Spanish settlement started by monks who cleared land and established a monastery on the East Moore River. “Land was cleared and the indigenous people were displaced,” Zahnee said.

The children’s briefing added to Ela’s  understanding of the Australian context  and provided her with the opportunity to talk about reconciliation and care for the earth. ” Ghandi used to say to me ‘We are a part of nature. We live with the flora and fauna. If everyone took care of each other and the trees and everything on earth we would have a beautiful world’ ” , she said.

Ethan, a Millennium Kids member talked about the Avon River and how it was once fresh water and is now very salty. He told how he collected a sample and took it to the CSIRO lab for testing. He liked how some farmers and community groups were replanting trees for water quality and for biodiversity.

At the end of the session the Millennium Kids presented Ela Ghandi with a book about their work in the Wheatbelt.

The Millennium Kids plan to learn from local indigenous people about the  Swan River and help to be custodians of the river in the future.

Hannah talks to Ela about some of the  work Millennium Kids has done to help the river in City of South Perth.

Hannah talks to Ela about some of the work Millennium Kids has done to help the river in City of South Perth.

 Thank you to Curtin Human Rights Education Centre for the introduction to Ela Ghandi  and Leighton Broad for supporting the Discovering Our Rivers program. The young leaders from the leadership program will facilitate the Swan Canning River Forums in partnership with the Swan River Trust in 2014. 


Tuesday, September 10th, 2013


MK Intern, Louise, helps out at the ICEA Classic.

MK Intern, Louise, helps out at the ICEA Classic.

This ICEA reconciliation surf event was held at Cottesloe Beach under a big tent. Inside the tent we had the Millennium Kids Snake handling activity. We had big snakes and little snakes, bobtails and blue tongue lizards. Around us there were lots of other activities: painting, arts and craft, a stage for performances, a mobile kitchen, gold coin donations for not for profits, a lounge room and couches all around us for people to sit.

The surfing competition was going on in the ocean –  the weather wasn’t too cold or hot, it was just right.

All sorts of people were there from all over – people from the country, the city, even way up north from the bush.

Millennium Kids and Market Social, Ben and Rory Gollow worked to design the ICEA Classic Passport – an MK idea to help make the event more sustainable. Participants had lots of activities to do like ride or catch a bus to the event, help with a beach clean up and do an indigenous activity. Millennium Kids ran a snake handling activity and talked to the kids about rubbish and reducing waste.

They were all attracted to the reptiles. As we handled the snakes we told them more about the Millennium Kids as well.

There were a few indigenous people there with different performances. They were amazing – there was rapping and singing.

The surfers where really hitting the waves hard and trying to win for a prize.

People were being very aware of the plastic around our beaches and what harm it could do to the sea creatures.

Written by Jane Pompey. MK Indigenous Education Assistant

Kids learn about caring for reptiles at the MK activity at the ICEA Classic

Kids learn about caring for reptiles at the MK activity at the ICEA Classic

Meeting On Country

Monday, September 9th, 2013
Ngadju Dancers doing there thing!

Ngadju Dancers doing there thing!

We met with the students from Kambalda West District High School at 8:00am. We introduced the Millennium Kids team to the students and  teachers. We all went on the bus with a backup vehicle behind us and started our adventure exploring the first site. It was East Kambalda’s lookout, Red Hill, which overlooks Lake Lefroy.  We met with the indigenous people, James a respected leader of the Ngadju from Norseman, with his two young nephews and sons. They were our tour guides for the day. We introduced our selves to them to show respect, as it is their traditional land. James then talked a little bit about the history of the salt lakes. We then set up groups of four and went exploring and we found out that Kalgoorlie is named after a bush pear. Its original name is derived from the Wangai word Karlkurla, meaning “place of the silky pears“.

Jane, Simon and Frank from BHP Billiton Nickel West chat about the things they learnt.

Jane, Simon and Frank from BHP Billiton Nickel West chat about the things they learnt.

We learnt so much more about the salt lakes lookout. We then went off to the oval where James showed us traditional spear throwing. We sat down to have morning tea with apples and biscuits. Some students brought their own morning tea, but we still all shared.

By 10:00am we went to the Kambalda Timber Reserve and walked quietly through the bush listening to nature. Then we set up in groups again, but this time we set up the groups with the scientist team and they took us exploring with the indigenous kids tagging along. As we were learning more new things from the scientists we learnt new things from the Ngadju kids,too.

Jane set up lunch for the explorers. We took out the portable table and covered it with a table cloth. We set the table up with five loaves of bread, chopped up carrot, cucumber, lettuce, cheese, onion, butter, ham with mayonnaise, pickles and chutney.

We had four whistles which one of the adults could use to call the explorers back to the table for lunch.

Around lunch time the BHP Nickel West people arrived to see what we were exploring. They were very impressed to see what we were doing. After all the walkabout in the bush learning new things the indigenous kids with their leader gave us a surprise. They did a ceremonial dance for us to finish up. They were painted up with white strips and yellow clothing and danced and told stories in the red dust. It was an emotional ending to our day, but it was really worth it.  We got the students back to their school just after 3:30pm where their parents were waiting for them. We then said our good byes and we knew it won’t be the last.


Have fun, Eat Chocolate and Care for the Environment! By MK Indigenous Officer Jane Pompey

Thrombolites Get Promoted

Monday, September 9th, 2013


The City of Mandurah sponsored  Thrombolite Project has inspired kids from the Waroona District High School, Dawesville Catholic Primary School and South Halls Head Primary School to help tell the special story about these amazing living creatures. At the Kids Teaching Kids, conference in Mandurah in late August Millennium Kids presented the E-book of the project and the young participants at the conference eagerly created a poster to help promote the message.

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Gnullar Boorda Yeye

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Indo Dingo and Captain Cat


Ingo Dingo aka Ingrid Cumming and Captain Cat Aka Catrina-Luz Aniere had a lot of fun at their first performance of Gnullar Boorda Yeye at South Perth Primary School today. The performance  tells the story of the Swan River and colonisation through eyes of a Noongar women and a local teacher helping to look after the river. The students also joined the story and helped row Captain Stirling’s rowboat, painted their faces and performed the dance of the local cormorant, a local river bird.

‘ Children love to perform and we wanted the children to understand the history of the river through two cultures working together,’ said Ingrid. Sponsored by the City of South Perth, the performance will visit local schools in 2013 as part of the Nearer to Nature Program. After the performance the schools will be invited to adopt a river location and take part in caring for country activities like cleaning and the river and planting local species.

Ingrid taught the students dances about gathering food and a cormorant fishing

Pizza, Planting and A Taste Experience to Remember

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Kids from the Kimberley, Port Hedland and the Western Suburbs came together last weekend to plant trees, taste boab root and make pizza with Valerio at a Slow Food Perth event at the Grove Precinct as part of the Waterwise Community Planting Day – and what a day it was. Kids helped the Grove plant local native vegetation at the front of their new precinct with the Premier Colin Barnett in the morning and then joined Slow Food and Millennium Kids in the Community Centre for a sensory taste experience – blindfolds, apples, boab root and three varieties of milk where all tasted, one by one, to see if kids could identify them, then the magic of flour, yeast and water, add some tomato passata and mozzarella and viola – PIZZA!

The events were watched by Paolo di Croce, CEO of Slow Food International, Italy who then toured the St Hilda’s Junior School Indigenous Garden, funded by Slow Food Perth as part of the Slow Food Perth MK Food for Latitude Project. Thanks to Lockie Cooke, ICEA and the students form St Hilda’s, North Cottesloe PS, Scotch and Christchurch who joined in t

Kids having a great time making pizza - yum!

he fun on the day.

The NACK has the Nack!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Fabulous MK Nack members, Russell and Jane, ran a workshop with Transit Officer Recruits today at the Guildford Training Centre. They discussed risk managment and how to approach a non venomous python and they explained that nothing likes to be poked around the head, so handling the animal carefully is important. They showed the recruits their skills and then helped them with their first snake handling experience. Then they introduce Bob the bobtail and discussed their experiences on the trains. It was a great workshop and an opportunity to build relationships between Transit Officers and the indigenous community as part of the Public Transport Authority Right Track program.

Team photo with the MK Nack Crew

Food with Latitude – Food with Attitude

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

MK Mogogoe working at Ntshidi on MK - Slow Food - Food with Latitude Project

Teachers, Slow Food Perth Convivium Co ordinators Pauline Tresise and Jamie Kronborg and MK CEO Catrina-Luz Aniere used all tools available to them to connect to their Food with Latitude partnership projects from South Africa, Kalgoorlie, Lathlain and the Western Suburbs this week. The meeting held at St Hilda’s Junior School was an opportunity to showcase projects, share information and gather new ideas for the coming months. Several schools had begun new stages of their garden initiatives with St Hilda’s and O’Connor PS  working with their students to design indigenous gardens that celebrate the indigenous heritage of their areas and the plants that are the basis of their local bushtucker.

 South Africa beamed in through Skype and members were able to see photographs of the youth run initiative in Ntshidi Middle School South Africa. The new MK Mogogoe office, funded by donations to MK Australia, means the young members will be able to send reports and seek help using the internet and Skype, connecting with their partners throughout the year, rather than relying on visits from MK Australia once yearly.

Lathlain PS have created a variety of garden beds with each class having opportunites to grow seasonal vegetables ,cooking the produce and experiencing fresh food from the garden to the table.

Pauline Tresise will join Catrina-Luz Aniere in Kalgoorlie in Term 4, 2010 to assist Waste Wise, Sustainable Schools Initiative and Millennium Kids run a Professional Learning Session for teachers and students on gardening, cooking good food and indigenous food gardens, linking it with the Sustainable School Initiative celebrations around the state for 2010.

The group will meet again to hear from  St Hilda’s Junior School Principal, Julie Quansing – Rowlands, about her experiences at the Slow Food Terre Madre in Italy in October 2010 where she will gather information about global food projects to share with her colleagues.

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Millennium Kids at the Mundaring Truffle Festival!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Millennium Kids were invited by Slow Food Perth to hold a stall at the Mundaring Truffle Festival on Saturday 31st July to showcase the MK Slow Food food garden projects.

MK Youth Board member, Kate Laurendi and CEO Catrina Aniere manned the stall, inviting people to find out more information about the up coming Millennium Kids food gardens in South Africa, St Hildas ASG, Lathlain Primary School and O’Connor Primary School.

St Hildas ASG Year 5 teacher Tonia Ranford and Lathlain Primary School Year 1 teacher Leonie Moncrieff also took part, sharing their stories and experiences.

Millennium Kids and Slow Food Perth partnered in 2009 to establish food gardens in schools in Perth and North West Province South Africa.

NAIDOC Celebrations 2010

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Sevenoaks Senior College students and Millennium Kids carried out a youth-led native animal workshop at Warriapendi Primary School in Balga as a part of thier 2010 MK Naidoc Week  celebrations.

This was a part of their leadership training with Millennium Kids, sponsored by thge Public Transport Authority.

Kayleen, a teacher from Sevenoaks and Kaylene the AIEO from Warriapendi opened the event with a Welcome to Country.

Year 11 students Michael, Derek and Shelby gave a snake handling demonstration and explained to the students that they had not touched a snake, nor spoken in front of such a large group of people since joining the MK Leadership Program.

Teachers from Warriapendi said that they were proud to see Indigenous young men setting such a great example for the school’s younger Indigenous students.