NAIDOC Week reflections
Hi everyone. Here at Village Well things have been busy as per usual but a few of us got a moment to read or listen to different indigenous stories in celebration of NAIDOC Week and Aboriginal and Islander culture. Gilbert had a moment to think about a very special, unplanned chance to engage with Ian Conway, an important Elder in one of the local Aboriginal groups whilst in Alice Springs to facilitate a workshop. Here are Gilbert’s words about his experience meeting with one of the Elders of this amazing, ancient land of Australia…
I was profoundly moved by my recent work on the ground in Alice Springs. In particularly my connection with Ian Conway, Aboriginal of Alice Springs. This town is so layered and complex but rich in possibilities.
He said before we try to fix anything we first have to listen deeply to the land and the Elders, walk the beat and the town with the elders and hear the stories of place, because this is where the healing begins.
This is first base stuff which is often missed,we go straight to design and infrastructure solutions. As a reflection of NAIDOC week it is a powerful reminder there are other ways of seeing, knowing and doing that are more transformative and healing.