Last Wednesday October 11 2020, we celebrated the launch of our Yarning Circles at our Communicare Breathing Space site in Maylands.
Yarning Circles are significant to the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people, having played key role in building respectful relationships and enhancing forms of interaction.
Otherwise known as a 'dialogue circle' – Yarning Circles nurture collaborative learning and are facilitated with members gathering around a fire piece to openly talk about their thoughts and experiences on different topics.
This launch not only celebrated the finalisation of our RAP Innovate Framework but was special in that it took place during NAIDOC Week
- a week dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of our First Nations Peoples.
Rhian Roberts led proceedings and introduced our CEO Melissa Perry to make an address as well as special guests from the Doorum Aboriginal Corporation who conducted a Welcome to Country and brief background on the unique story behind Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Although the days leading up to the launch were dark and gusty, the skies cleared right up as the sun came out just in time for the 'wow' factor of the afternoon – the traditional smoking ceremony.
This ancient custom is unique to indigenous Australians and involves smouldering native plants to produce smoke which is believed to have cleansing properties and ward off bad spirits.
The action didn't end there as performers took to the front to do a cultural dance in full Noongar clothing including tribal body paint, before the event concluded with light refreshments and an art auction featuring beautiful dot paintings.
It was a lovely afternoon which was felt beyond the event itself, and brought real value to our organisational understanding and appreciation of our First Nation's people.
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