Cultural Burning for Resilience

This project aims to pilot a youth led workshop to develop processes that supports the development of positive cultural identity and resilience in Aboriginal youth. Through the use of digital storytelling, which promote youth voices, it aims to increase non-Indigenous engagement with Indigenous ways of caring for Country.

The workshop will run for two and half days and will be directed and designed according to youth participants interests. The workshop will involve a combination of hands on enquiry-based learning that celebrates cultural fire knowledge and practice.

Participants will be encouraged to synthesise their learning through reflections produced in a 3-5-minuite digital story: video, photographs and/or audio - voice or music. Stories that participants are happy to share will be edited and compiled to produce a short film. The film will be screened for the participants and their guests, local community members, and government and agency stakeholders. 

The project is led by Country and the youth participants, and is a collaboration with the Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation and Mudjingaalbaraga Firesticks.


Research team

UOW researchers

Katharine Haynes (SMAH)Vanessa Cavanagh (ASSH), Lisa Slater (ASSH)  Rebecca Stanley (ASSH), Yasmine Probst (SMAH) 

External partners

Oliver Costello (Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation), Noel Webster (Mudjingaalbaraga Firesticks/NSW Local Land Services South-East), Amy Christianson (Canadian Forest Service),  Don Hankins (California State University)



This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

 Goal 4: Quality Education    Goal 10: Reduced inequalities    Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals