Western Sydney University
Poetry in First Languages, 2018
Western Sydney University, formerly the University of Western Sydney, is an Australian multi-campus university in the Greater Western region of Sydney. It is a provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher research degrees with campuses in Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, and Penrith. It is currently ranked in the top 400 in the world in the 2014 QS World University Rankings and 19th in Australia in 2015.
Pathways To Dreaming is designed to engage Year 8 to 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in education.
They take part in academic and Aboriginal cultural enrichment workshops at the University and the cohort at each school devises and implements a group project, with mentors facilitating that process. At the end of each year there is a celebratory event where the group projects are showcased.
The program is currently running in 30 South-Western and Western Sydney high schools in the Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith, Fairfield, Blacktown and Blue Mountains areas.
Lyndsay Urquhart ran three poetry and dance workshops in the theme of Poetry in First Languages to creatively engage the students in cultural strengthening.
Lyndsay Urqhuart is a Koori Munkata Yuin woman growing up in the Dharawal community of western Sydney. Passionate about remembering and sharing her cultures with her family and as a teacher of Indigenous arts, Lyndsay is a public education guide. As a practising Indigenous oral historian, Lyndsay works as a documentary filmmaker as a way of preserving and sharing important information and perspectives. Lyndsay works as a curator and as a multidisciplinary artist in the area of communications, so as to share and help educate communities about the world’s oldest continuing cultures.
Passionate about art and culture, Lyndsay has worked as a discovery ranger with National Parks and Wildlife, NSW where she was mentored by a Yuin Elder Deidre Martin on culture, bush foods and medicines, and how to appropriately teach culture to the public. Lyndsay has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists for more than 12 years, and as an artist for 5 years. Lyndsay has experience working in local, state and federal government organisations, charities, sporting organisations, and in the corporate environment. In 2007 and 2008, Lyndsay was involved in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.