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Asylum Seekers Cooking Group

Since July 2011, by arrangement with Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and Serco, the MCNT has hosted weekly excursions for asylum seeker families in Darwin Airport Lodge (DAL) to cook authentic cultural cuisine. This program is funded by DIAC and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) as part of the Multicultural Solutions project. The program is conducted in cycles of 4 week blocks with nationality-based groups to assist with developing menus, sourcing ingredients, booking interpreters and enhancing a sense of ownership for the participants. Culturally inclusive activities are provided for young children aged 0 to 5 years accompanying their parents. This activity is on every Wednesday from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm and is very popular with DAL clients; it provides opportunities for social interaction and cultural expression.

DIAC has filmed this activity for immiTV (YouTube): “Detainee clients in the department's centres represent many cultures of the world. When the Darwin cooking class assembles for its weekly course you can be sure to see, smell and taste a diverse range of dishes”.

MCNT’s Asylum Seekers Community Education Project

The MCNT has recently been awarded funding from the Attorney-General’s Department under the Building Community Resilience Grants Program for the Asylum Seekers Community Education Project in partnership with the Northern Territory Council for Human Rights Education (NTCHRE). The MCNT and the NTCHRE will be working primarily and directly with educators and students in local middle schools. School based activities will include poster and essay writing competitions, information sessions with guest speakers and discussion groups with the aim of raising awareness and ensuring that young people are better informed and develop positive attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees residing in Darwin. The Project will also schedule workshops involving adult practitioners with a personal and/or professional interest in relevant asylum seeker issues – including journalists, advocates, service providers and decision-makers - with skilled facilitators and providing opportunities for intercultural dialogue to address prevalent misconceptions and counter negative media coverage of asylum seekers and refugees.

For more detail contact Ron Mitchell, Program Manager on 8945 9122 or email PPD@mcnt.org.au

Our goals are:

The MCNT promotes multiculturalism as a policy that works for all Australians. The MCNT promotes empowerment for people from CALD backgrounds through culturally appropriate advocacy and direct service delivery to ensure full participation in the Territory’s social, cultural, economic, political and civic life.

The MCNT’s core business and organisational ethics are guided by the principles of access and equity, social inclusion, community harmony and celebration of diversity.

Multi Cultural Council NT

Office Address:

Shop 15 Malak Shopping Centre
Malak Place - Malak
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Postal Address:

PO Box 299
Karama NT 0813