The WA Indigenous Storybook, celebrating the achievements of Indigenous people from the Kimberley region, who have contributed to health, social, economic and environmental outcomes for their communities, was launched in Broome on Tuesday 29 July 2014.
Dr Melissa Stoneham, Deputy Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, said "sharing successes and failures is a great way of moving forward and improving practice. Yet for many Indigenous people writing and recording their work can be a daunting task and until this Storybook was published, many stories were going untold."
"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," Dr Stoneham said.
One story tells of the successes of the ICEA Foundation which is a youth driven organisation that works closely with young people in remote Indigenous communities in the North West and High Schools in the Perth metro area. This innovative program delivers incentives for Indigenous youth to finish high school and provides opportunities to connect and engage with one another (and non-Indigenous people) through their numerous programs and activities- in the spirit of reconciliation.
The storybook showcases, and tells the story of the Beagle Bay Nyul Nyul Rangers and their important restoration work and ongoing environmental management to ensure their Country and therefore their culture, remains healthy.
Dr Anne Poelina, who launched the storybook said, "It's fantastic to see so many positive projects coming out of the Kimberley region. The WA Indigenous Storybook is an important resource which provides Indigenous people with a platform to share their many successes."
This edition includes tales about people making a difference in the field of sport and education, a community run tourism and cultural business, a short story writing competition for young Indigenous girls, the successes of an Indigenous owned and run radio station, an nine day cultural heritage walk through Country and many more.
These are just a couple of examples from the 14 stories from the Kimberley region in the Storybook, told by the people involved. The stories highlight issues that affect Indigenous communities such as youth engagement, self-sufficiency, and sustaining culture through media, education and advocacy.
This edition also includes four personal journeys by four different individuals who are all committed to maintaining their culture and the wellbeing of their people.
The WA Indigenous Storybook, which was produced by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, is sponsored by the Western Australian Government and Healthway. A further four issues of the Storybooks are planned to be published over the next two coming years.
The 5th edition of the WA Indigenous Storybook is attached below.
For further information about the project visit here.