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Northern Metro Online Gathering

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Each Tuesday we will meet online to connect with each other and our community all the way out to Whittlesea and everyone in between!

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We’re creating a space to explore, and learn tools and practical skills during these challenging times through Mindfulness and Connection with Nikayla Bamblett and Hip hop & Storytelling with Philly. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 14-18 years living in the northern Melbourne area (flexible!).

This program is proudly supported by the Northern Metropolitan RAJAC.

Each Tuesday from 27 October - 15 December, 4.30-6pm via Zoom

Mindfulness and Connection with Nikayla

Tuesdays 27 Oct, 10 and 24 Nov, and 8 Dec

Nikayla Bamblett is a proud Ngiyampaa woman with strong family ties across Victoria and NSW. Nikayla is a mother, caregiver, mentor, cultural educator and has been a weaver for the last several years. Nikayla runs workshops to engage people in connecting with culture and to share their lived experiences. As a single mother she understands the importance of connecting with others to maintain healthy social, emotional and mental wellbeing from young people to our Elders.Nikayla’s passion has always been to work with young people in education, self-care, advocacy and elevating young people’s voices having worked for various peak organisations. Nikayla has recently returned to working at Koorie Youth Council as the Operations Officer after being the Executive Officer for the Aboriginal Justice Caucus.

Hip hop & Storytelling with Philly

Tuesdays 3 and 17 Nov, 1 and 15 Dec

Philly was born during the golden era of hip-hop. By the age of four his older brothers had a huge collection of music and all he’d ever hear was hip hop music. The first song he could remember was Naughty by Nature’s ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ – Philly’s destiny was set. He began writing rhymes & rapping in public and soon became a hip hop sensation in his hometown Mildura which sits on Latje Latje country; near the banks of the Mighty Murray River.

“I feel like I’m obligated to use my music to make change for the better and to use my craft to teach. Through music I have always wanted to voice my opinion; whether it be about Aboriginal issues or to bring positive messages for Aboriginal young people. I understand that I have been given an opportunity to inform.”

He won triple j’s Unearthed NIMA Competition in 2014 earning him a performance slot alongside Briggs, Jimblah & The Last Kinection. The following week his debut single We On shot to No.5 on iTunes Hip Hop charts.

He was the winner of the National Indigenous Music Awards ‘New Talent of the Year’ category, he performed a breathtaking rendition of Bob Marley’s Three Little Bird for triple j’s Like a Version, and he released his first E.P – Dreamchaser.

After some time to take stock, breathe and grow, he was signed with Briggs’ all Indigenous record label – Bad Apples Music. Philly has since taken a step back from Bad Apples Music but the young MC is determined to continue to use his voice to make change and inspire young people.

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