The third edition of the WA Indigenous Storybook, a collection of positive stories celebrating the achievements of Indigenous people in the Midwest and Pilbara, was officially launched in Geraldton on Tuesday 21st May at Bundiyarra Aboriginal Corporation by Mayor Ian Carpenter. About 40 people, including many of the Storytellers, attended the launch and were Welcomed to Country by Naaguja woman Kathy Councillor who is also the co-author of the story Languages of the Wajarri.
The 13 diverse stories in the third edition highlight and address issues affecting Indigenous people and communities across the two regions and discuss topics about leadership, environmental health, community gardens and employment, the importance of language and personal journeys.
PHAIWA’s Deputy Director, Dr Melissa Stoneham said, “The Storybook recognises individuals and organisations who have either individually or collectively improved the quality of life and wellbeing for Indigenous peoples across Western Australia.”
The Storytellers were introduced by Dr Melissa Stoneham and each presented with a copy of the Storybook by Mayor Ian Carpenter. The response from the guests was very positive and the Storytellers said they felt proud and empowered to be able to tell their own stories and share them with the wider community.
One story tells of the growth of the Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation (STREETIES) from its early days to the established and prolific organisation it is today; implementing innovative intervention programs for young people aimed at keeping them engaged positively in their communities. Another tells of the “Welcome to Country” Smartphone App. which describes the use of information technology to address cultural and heritage issues.
It was a successful, fun event and PHAIWA is looking forward to producing the fourth edition of the WA Indigenous Storybook which will be focussed on the Goldfields/Esperance and Great Southern regions.
Please download a copy of the 3rd edition of the WA Indigenous Storybook below.