To celebrate and acknowledge National Reconciliation Week, AILA WA is sharing new events, links, resources and recommendations.
The WA Connection to Country Committee have curated a list of Boorloo (Perth) and online based events for you to add to your diary.
Friday May 27
Saturday May 28
Sunday 29th May
Monday 30th May
Tuesday 31st May
Wednesday 1st June
Thursday 2nd June
Friday 3rd June
On going events
Free audiobooks accessible on the ABC listen app include the following titles by First Nation’s Authors:
ABC listen - ABC Radio
- TABOO, Kim Scott
- SALT, Bruce Pascoe
- MY PLACE, Sally Morgan
- DEFYING THE ENEMY WITHIN, Joe Williams
- FOLLOWING THE RABBIT PROOF FENCE, Doris Pilkington Garmara
If fiction is more your thing, we can also suggest the following:
The White Girl by Tony Birch (goodreads.com)
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (goodreads.com)
The Yield by Tara June Winch (goodreads.com)
Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman (goodreads.com)
The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman (goodreads.com)
Still by Matt Nable (goodreads.com)
Blakwork by Alison Whittaker (goodreads.com)
Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen (goodreads.com)
Should you be looking for some additional learnings, CPD Points or to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture and knowledge, the WA Connection to Country Committee recommends the following:
Deadly Djurumin Yarns Parlour
Look, Listen, Learn | Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together
Recommendations to watch:
The Calling Over Nagula, A collaborative project during Shinju Matsuri festival 2021 involving 3 Broome based artist - Vanessa Margetts, Michael Torres and Jacky Cheng.
Sponsors: Shinju Matsuri, Tourism WA, Shire of Broome
Artists: Jacky Cheng, Vanessa Margetts, Michael
In Collaboration with: Broome Builders, KSCE Engineers
Film credits:Filming, Script and Production by Sophia O’Rourke Additional Camera: Dylan Alcott
Editors: Pia Boyer & Tom Forrest
NGALUK WAANGKINY (US TALKING)
“When I was growing up, I had to learn all about whitefellas, their culture and history. But what do you know about me?” Uncle Farley Garlett. Ten respected Elders from Boorloo (Perth) have collaborated with Community Arts Network (CAN) to share their life journey as part of a multi-media legacy project. Their stories are poignant, powerful and at times heartbreaking and harrowing - but they have been laid bare so that future generations are aware of Australia’s often hidden black history. “Be Brave, Make Change is the national theme of 2022 Reconciliation Week and that’s exactly what these Elders have done. Their triumphs over adversity, tireless fight for human rights and constant advocacy for respect and recognition leaves a powerful and lasting legacy.”
-Michelle White, Executive Producer of the CAN project
The Elders are Uncle Ben Taylor, Aunty Theresa Walley, Uncle Farley Garlett, Aunty Doolan Leisha Eatts, Uncle Walter Eatts, Aunty Irene and Uncle Albert McNamara, Aunty Muriel Bowie, Aunty Margaret Culbong and Uncle Noel Nannup.Sadly Aunty Theresa and Aunty Doolann passed away during the project, however, they were adamant that their stories and legacy stay included.
The project has three parts:
- Ni! means listen is a series of podcasts featuring conversations hosted by acclaimed Noongar performer Phil Walleystack.
- Nguluk Waangkiny - Us Talking is a short film that documents the journey of the Elders as they fight for respect and recognition as part of the City of Perth’s Reconciliation Elder’s Advisory Group.
- Nguluk Waangkiny - Stories of Resilience is a book featuring observational style photographs taken by emerging Noongar photographer Cole Baxter, alongside story vignettes from each Elder that capture elements of their legacy.
On Friday 27th of May, all three projects will be launched at the ABC Studios in Perth as part of the broadcaster’s support of National Reconciliation Week. CAN is one of the ABC’s Reconciliation Action Plan community partners. The short film has been selected to screen at this year's Revelation Film Festival and will be broadcast on ABC iView and the ABC’s YouTube channel. The podcasts will feature on Radio National’s Awaye! and will be uploaded on podcast apps, including ABC’s Listen app.The book will be gifted back to the Elders for their own distribution, and digital versions will be available via CAN’s website. This project was made possible with funding support from the City of Perth, Aesop Foundation, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest and Australia Council for the Arts.
“Racism doesn’t change overnight, but it takes action and you’ve got to do it, because we’ve been here for 60,000 years and we’ll be here for 60,000 more.” -Aunty Margaret Culbong
Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa - Nyamba Buru Yawuru
The Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa Cultural Wellbeing Centre by Mud Map Studio in collaboration with Nyamba Buru Yawuru; Laird Tran Studio; UDLA; Bart Pigram; Artists Martha Lee, Suzie Gilbert Terricita Corpus, Lorraine Hunter, Michael Torres, Arnold Smith, Savannah Cox, Damien Lawford and Kirra Watson was recognised with the following awards:
2020 Western Australian Landscape Architecture Awards, WA Medal.
2020 Western Australian Landscape Architecture Awards, Award of Excellence in the Health and Education Landscape category.
2020 Western Australian Landscape Architecture Awards, Regional Achievement Award
Thank you to NBY and Vanessa Margetts for the opportunity and permission to share this video with the AILA WA community.
If you are the type to put in your headphones and get lost in the AutoCAD vortex why not try some of these titles by First Nations Podcasters:
- NI! MEANS LISTEN
- SPEAKING OUT
- WORD UP
- BEYOND THE GAP
- TAKE IT BLAK
- BLACK MAGIC WOMAN WITH MUNDANARA BAYLES
- YARNING UP WITH CAROLINE KELL
- UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLAK
Simply search them in your podcast app.
Websites our committee have found useful.
Don’t have time to read now? Bookmark these links for later.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart:
Designing With Country: A discussion paper for all stakeholders engaged in built environment projects that impact Aboriginal communities as well as their culture and heritage. Thanks to the The Government Architect NSW, March, 2020.
Respectful Relationships (and other great content) under the ‘Learn’ tab of the Reconciliation Australia website