SCRGI was delighted to be invited to host a reconciliation stall and truth telling theatrette tent at the 2022 Woodford Folk Festival. Tony Foley organised the screening of the 7-part First Australians – the Untold Story of Australia series by Blackfella Films.
At the stall we had people signing the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and ‘Finding their Country’ on the Indigenous map of Australia. We sold some books and gave away booklets on traditional Indigenous life for gold coin donations.
We were ideally placed in the Jinibara Centre, next to a basket weaving workshop area, the Elders Tea Room and the Jinibara gallery exhibit. We also had the joy of watching the Yarrabah Dancers each day, dancing in the sand dance circle in front of our tents.
We were very excited to have Linda Burney, MP, Member for Barton, Minister for Indigenous Australians and Wiradjeri woman visit our stall after her excellent speech at the Festival, outlining the very simple proposition that is the Voice to Parliament idea.
We urge everyone who is being confused by the spreading of doubt about the upcoming referendum to read Linda’s keynote address to the 25 year commemoration of ANTaR.
Thank you to everyone who helped us make our presence at Woodford possible. We had many serious and engaging conversations and enjoyed meeting so many enthusiastic people committed to making positive change in our country for our indigenous brothers and sisters.