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Sunday, July 10, 2005

NAIDOC Day at Musgrave Park - Karen Tunny

Welcome to our new QCAN Blog! We've decided to create a Blog so we can more easily share some of the events and activities that form part of our daily work at Queensland Community Arts Network (QCAN).

Friday 8th July was NAIDOC Day. It was a beautiful day and lots of people gathered at Musgrave Park in Brisbane to celebrate. NAIDOC Day is hosted annually by the Musgrave Park Cultural Centre.

QCAN staff members Deb Bennet McLean (Manager Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Cultural Development), Amanda Hayman (Trainee Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Cultural Development) and Karen Tunny (Manager Information and Publications) attended the launch by Hon. Anna Bligh, Minister for Education and Minister for the Arts of Cherbourg Dorm Girls by Jeannie Mok. Jeannie is the Coordinator of the Multicultural Centre in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Deb Bennet McLean with new QCAN Trainee, Amanda Hayman celebrating NAIDOC Day.

Cherbourg Dorm Girls is the story of twelve courageous Aboriginal women who grew up in the dormitories of the Cherbourg mission near Murgon. One of those woman was the late Aunty Gloria Beckett who was a QCAN member and, as Jeannie acknowledges, 'a driving force' behind this publishing project.

Hon Anna Bligh with author Jeannie Mok

Jeannie Mok with Aunty Carmel Kina and Aunty Vera Willmot

NAIDOC Day also saw the launch of QCAN member Michael Connelly's Aboriginal Australia number plates. Michael has been working on the development of the car number plates over the last fifteen months. At the launch Andrew Bartlett reminded us that Australia has 'not just a black history but also a black future' and that Michael's work reminds us of the importance of having pride in and celebrating Aboriginal culture.

QCAN congratulates Michael for the Community Achievement Award for SE Queensland which he was awarded as part of this year's NAIDOC Day celebrations.

It was a pleasure to see one of QCAN's former trainers at NAIDOC Day. Leonora Adidi was a trainer in 2004 in our accredited training course Maintain and Protect Culture. Leonora is now a lecturer in language and linguistics at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory and was visiting as part of a student recruitment drive.


Blogger Austories said...

Heh! Nice post, good layout, plenty of photo's. It has an easy to read feel about it. Keep up the good work.

3:45 pm, July 12, 2005  

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