THE City of Joondalup launched its 2016 Naidoc Week program with a flag- raising ceremony on Monday featuring a Welcome to Country from indigenous leader Shaun Nannup.
About 50 people attended the ceremony, which included a minute’s silence and the raising of the Australian, WA, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.
Guests then walked from the City’s administration building to Joondalup Art Gallery for a viewing of an exhibition by artist Julie Dowling.
She is a Badimaya-Yamatji woman and one of Australia’s most collected artists with a national and international reputation as an artist of extraordinary vision.
Her sister Carol Dowling spoke on Dowling’s behalf, describing the Burda-Burda Dhulga exhibition as a bridge built to create understanding, celebration and future direction.
“These works you see before you all tell a story about country, about human survival, about agency and most of all, about songlines,” Carol said.
“Songlines are powerful tools for survival and have been so for thousands of generations for my people. They keep us connected to our mother (the earth), to all living things and to each other.”
This Sunday, July 10, there will be a didgeridoo and dance celebration in Central Park, followed by Stolen Generation and Dreamtime stories with acclaimed painter and Aboriginal artist Sheila Humphries.
The ever-popular Umbrella Walking Tour returns on July 16 at Neil Hawkins Park, giving those talking part an opportunity to learn about traditional Aboriginal culture and stories from the Dreamtime.
A special Naidoc Sunday Serenades concert will take place on Sunday, July 17, featuring The Merindas, an Aboriginal contemporary soul duo consisting of award-winning artists Candice Lorrae and Kristel Kickett.