In this final episode, students from across NSW talk about how they came to visit Lake Mungo as part of the Mungo Youth Project. The students talk about the messages that they have taken away from their visit, including a need to preserve this area.

Message from Mungo (3:40)

Episode 18 – Message from Mungo

Warning – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following video may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

(calm music)

Coby – My name's Coby.

Mariam – My name is Mariam Milcheek.

Samantha – My name's Samantha.

Serine – And my name's Serine.

Will – My name's Will.

Caitlyn – I'm Caitlyn.

Lucy – My name's Lucy.

Olivia – I'm Oliva.

Charlotte –And I'm Charlotte.

Caitlyn – Hi, I'm from down Swan Hill, but my mob is traditionally from up near Ballarat and Warrnambool.

Female student – I'm from Wiley Park Girls High School, I'm in year eight.

Lucy – We're from Wagga Wagga Mount Austin High School, and we're at-

Serine – The Mungo Youth Program.

Mariam – Everyone comes together, to one place, from all different types of religions, beliefs, cultures, they all come to one place, just to learn about Aboriginal culture, it's amazing.

Coby – I'm learning from my mom and my stepdad and Dean as well.

Charlotte – We learnt about the Aboriginal culture.

Olivia – How long they've lived here and it's really amazing.

Lucy – It's just really a great place.

(calm music)

Ross – [Ross O Shea, Principal consultant, Mundi Consulting Services] This is an opportunity for all of Australia, and particularly, all of Australia's young people, to learn about, the messages that are here for us at Mungo. (calm music)

[Screen reads: We asked students what they learned from the Mungo Youth Project. This is what they said.

Eddie – My name's Eddie, my message from Mungo is, respect yourself, respect the land and respect your Elders.

Kendy – My name is Kendy, and my message from Mungo is, that when you make a spear, you recycle the leaves into the fire.

Dana – My name's Dana, and my message from Mungo is, to love who you are and be proud.

Student – My message from Mungo is, it's awesome out here.

Coby – My message from Mungo is, keep doing what you're doing, it's great.

Female student – And, I came here to Mungo, to experience other people's belief and their tradition for the Aboriginals and the way that they celebrate their country.

Kyle – My name is Kyle, and my message from Mungo is, just respect you Elders and just get to know your culture before it's too late and be proud of who you are.

Male student 1 – My message about Mungo is, it's very- there's like some, sand hills and it's very cool out here.

Male student 2 – My message from Mungo is, it's a great place, you should always come down here, for camping. The sand hills are lovely to come to, and they're lovely to climb.

Will – My name's Will, and my message from Mungo is, respect, share, enjoy your culture, no matter your heritage.

Asya – Hi, my name's Asya Hasna, this is my message from Mungo I think it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to come here, because, many adults don't ever get to experience this. And, it's been really wonderful to understand the Aboriginal culture, because they have so, much respect and patience for this land and they're so, grateful for everything they get. And I think that all their personal skills, and their life skills are very educational. And I think that I'll definitely take home some of their pointers that they told us, so.

(calm music)

Ross – I've been a strong advocate for initiatives like this Mungo Youth Project. I Mean, the young people that are here are the people that will be learning about, what people like Harvey and I have learnt and understand. They are in essence, they're our tomorrow.

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NSW Government Public Schools, Learning Systems, DART connections, Southern Cross School of Education. Virtual Excursions 2017.

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