Winyarn, winyarn: 10 years on image

16 January 2018

Winyarn, winyarn: 10 years on will reflect on the 10 year anniversary since the defining moment in Australia’s history when former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to Indigenous Australians on February 13, 2008.

The event will be at the Albany Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, February 13 from 6pm. The event will feature a panel of people sharing what the apology meant for them and their community, what has been achieved and the journey ahead.

Panelists will include Menang Noongar elders Glenda Williams and Averil Dean, Whadjuk Noongar Elder and 2015 Western Australian of the Year Dr Robert Isaacs AM, multi-award winning author and renowned Stolen Generations historian Professor Anna Haebich and Great Southern Police Superintendent Dominic Wood.

This is a free event, however RSVP is essential through Albany Public Library’s online booking system or by phone 6820 3600.


Image: The Ngallak Koort Boodja (Our Heart Land) project
The creation of a unique Indigenous canvas. Back in 2003 a series of historic meetings were held by Noongar Elders, welcoming artists who painted the Ngurrara Canvas from the Walmajarri, Mangala, Juwaliny, Wankajunga, Bunuba and Manjilarra peoples of the Kimberley region. During these meetings the idea of an "arts document" for the Noongar people was raised. The idea was embraced and Elders of the Noongar Nations of Australia unified to select six Noongar artists to develop a creative symbol of the Noongar connection to country, the result being a highlight of the 2006 UWA Perth International Arts Festival. The project coordinators were Carol Innes and Barry McGuire and the chosen artists were Lance Chadd, Shane Pickett, Troy Bennell, Yvonne Kickett, Alice Warrell and Sharyn Egan.