This year for National Reconciliation Week, Ngalingah Mijung Dubais (Our Happy Women) showcased their artwork at the Serpentine Gallery in Lismore.
Ngalingah Mijung Dubais is a women’s group where Elders and young women come together to create art that centres on empowerment and well-being.
The group regularly exhibit and sell their work at different events and markets throughout Bundjalung Country in the Northern Rivers region.
“It is always very special to be asked to exhibit our work and we were very honoured that the Serpentine Gallery chose us for National Reconciliation Week this year”, said Aunty Mim Bolt, who coordinates the group.
“It is very empowering for the women in the group to be given the opportunity to showcase their art and through that, to tell their stories,” she said.
The exhibition was launched on 27th June by local MP, Janelle Saffin, who has been a long time supporter of Ngalingah Mijung Dubais.
About National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciiliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June and this year’s theme was “We are all in this together”.
This is an important week because it gives us the opportunity to learn about, and reflect upon, the impact that colonialism has had in Australia over more than 200 years, and to envisage new, equitable ways of moving forward based on truth-telling, justice and healing.
Here at YWCA Australia, reconciliation is an important outcome that we strive to achieve through the work that we do across all of our programs, every week of the year.
For Lisa Warner, proud Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara woman and program coordinator for our Adelaide-based Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program, reconciliation must be more than an idea, but something that has to be put into practice.
Leading change in our communities and progressing Reconciliation, self-determination and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a collective movement. We must value the leadership, ideas, expertise, contribution and autonomy that First Nations peoples bring to all areas. We must stand in solidarity with First Nations peoples and work together to create an Australia where Reconciliation is not just an idea, but a reality in which true and meaningful change happens.
– Lisa Warner
Here in our Northern Rivers team, we believe that at its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between First Nations people and non-Indigenous people for the benefit of all Australians.
This year we took the time as a staff team to deeply reflect on what reconciliation and being in this together means to us and how we can put it into practice in our work.
If you would like to hear more about this check out our video.
To learn more about Ngalingah Mijung Dubais and see some of their artwork, check out their page.