29 April 2022
From the 27th of May until the 3rd of June, we will be celebrating National Reconciliation Week, with a focus on this year’s theme; “Be Brave, Make Change”. As an Aboriginal led not for profit with a vision for prosperous Indigenous communities, we have the privilege of working with a multitude of brave faces and change-makers every day. Many of these pioneers of change have dedicated their lives and careers to the continuation of First Nations cultures through sharing, celebration and education.
To kick off our Reconciliation Week celebrations, we’re sharing a bit about just a few of these many powerful people.
Amanda Healy is from the Wonnarua Nation, Traditional Custodians of the Hunter Valley region in NSW. Through Amanda’s widely celebrated luxury resortwear, she showcases the vibrant artworks of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. These beautiful works of wearable art are more than just clothing; they are a stunning representation of First Nations cultures.
Amanda shared, “When we paint – whether it is on our bodies for ceremony or on bark or canvas for the market – we are not just painting for profit. We are painting as we have always done to demonstrate our continuing link with our country and the rights and responsibilities we have to it. Furthermore, we paint to show the rest of the world that we own this country, and that the land owns us.”
Clark shared “I wanted to combine my love for stand up paddling, with my love of my Gumbaynggirr culture in a safe environment, to be able to share with others the richness of our Country and culture.”
Kirsten shared “I wanted to give other Aboriginal people an outlet to purchase products that promoted our culture, that they could gift to others or dress their own children in, and I also wanted to encourage Non-Indigenous people to purchase my products and to be comfortable embracing our culture and sharing their love of Aboriginal culture with others.”
Bolo Angus is a Bardi-Jawi man from Western Australia’s Dampier Peninsula and the proud founder of Southern Cross Cultural Walk Lullumb. Throughout this three hour experience, Bolo invites guests to wander through the diverse landscape of Bardi-Jawi Country, witnessing mangroves, paperbark forests, salt plains, creeks and a sacred freshwater spring as Bolo highlights the significance of these spectacular environments. This incredible cultural experience allows Bolo to share and celebrate the practices and understandings passed down to him through generations and gives him the independence to support his family and community on Country.
Bolo shared, “I am proud to be doing what I’m doing, it gives me the opportunity to look after our family like our Ancestors did before us. Also Inspire other members of our tribe and show them we can do anything we put our minds to.”
Sarah shared, “I want to see more of non-Indigenous Australia getting to feel connected to and supporting Aboriginal people and culture and history and being proud of that and walking alongside the Aboriginal communities everywhere they go.”
Dunghutti Elder Aunty Margret Campbell is a pioneer in the cultural tourism market, with more than 30 years of experience sharing her wealth of stories, knowledge and insights. Through Dreamtime Southern X, Aunty Margret travels through Gadigal Country in the iconic city of Sydney, shedding light on the Dreaming of this spectacular Country.
Central to Dreamtime Southern X is Aunty Margret’s desire to ensure that the world’s oldest continuous, living culture is shared, explored and respected by everyone. Throughout her career, Aunty Margret has been recognised as a brave face and change-maker, committed to sharing and educating others through her profound understanding of First Nations belief systems and connection to Country.
Juan said that Walkabout Cultural Adventures “allows us to share our stories and our culture, it is a great feeling when we get to educate others not just about our peoples and culture, but about the land and how we see it.