Cape York Leaders Program

Written by Willie Prince

On Saturday 22nd  July 2017 kuril dhagun helped to host the Cape York Leaders Program (CYLP) and their series  of workshops for their students.

Lesley Acres from the SLQ Indigenous Library Services Team  was approached and consulted by  CYLP Staff to hold a day of activities throughout the whole of SLQ. kuril dhagun was only happy too assist Lesley on the day.

Cape York Leaders Program students and staff yarning session in the Talking Circle. Photo by SLQ.

The day started out with a warm welcome and Acknowledgement of Country  in the main kuril dhagun space, where we got to meet the students and staff formally for the first time. Many of the students were boarders from schools in and around Brisbane. From there the group started the day off with a Cyber Safety workshop in the digital media lab over in the Edge building. They then had morning tea and a  yarn in the Talking Circle, after which the students then  split into 2 groups to explore the Digital Futures Lab on Level 2 and to participate in a Digital Comic Workshop facilitated by Milan Ilich, a PhD student, senior lecturer and Tutor at QUT.

CYLP students engaging in a cyber safety session. Photo by SLQ.


CYLP students in the SLQ Digital Media Lab. Photo by SLQ.

The kids had the opportunity to learn about cartoon drawing and designs  in an interactive environment, whilst also diving into the possibilities of our Digital Futures in the Digital Lab on Level 2. The activities the students engaged with helped them to think about their actions online, develop  greater self awareness and learn new skills. The day finished off with a yarning session in the Talking Circle, where the students recapped on the importance of the day.

It was a successful and rewarding day for all involved. kuril dhagun was honored to assist CYLP on the day to carry out all activities. We continually promote and welcome the opportunity for community organisations to use our spaces for events such as this.

CYLP students final yarning session in the Talking Circle. Photo by SLQ

A big thanks goes out to Lesley Acres for organising the day and to the CYLP  staff for the fantastic work that they do. We look forward to working with both in the future.

For more information about CYLP, please visit their website here.