Reconciliation Week, Be Brave Make Change

Published on Wednesday, 25 May 2022 at 10:00:05 AM

The City of Albany is recognising Reconciliation Week 2022 by joining the State Government’s Street Banner Project later this month.

Now in its 11th year, the project recognises the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements across Western Australia.

This year’s artwork was painted by Narlene Waddaman, a Nyangumarta woman who lives and works in Kariyarra Country, South Hedland. The painting has been reproduced on the banners that will be displayed in towns and cities across the State during Reconciliation Week.

The artwork Narlene Waddaman has created is called Karlamilyi – My Mother’s Country.

Narlene Waddaman said “it’s good, painting. It’s relaxing”.

“I like painting with my sister, Selena. We grew up together in Strelley. We grew up everywhere, everywhere,” she said.

Manager Community Relations Louise Paterson said it is important to appreciate how far we have come as a State and community.

“The Reconciliation Week theme this year is Be brave. Make change, a theme that should inspire all of us,” she said.

“Albany has a long and rich Menang history which predates European arrival by thousands of years.

“Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for the whole community to acknowledge that history and reflect on the important place Menang Noongar culture holds in our region.”

The Reconciliation Week banners will be on display from May 27 until June 3.

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