IPS celebrated Indigenous Business Month in Margaret River on October 23 with a great business networking event held at Meeka House.
The event aimed to encourage local businesses to continue to engage and invest with Indigenous people and business. 50 people attended the event.
A Welcome to Country by Noongar Elder Wayne Webb kicked off the night. Zac Webb spoke to the gathered crowd about the history of the land, Aboriginal meanings, why places are named what they are, and the connection to the land, animals, food and spirits.
Wayne and Zac, who are members of the Undalup Association, were inspiring speakers with lots of local knowledge. People enjoyed learning about bush tucker and medicines, eating damper, bush jams, berries and kangaroo, and listening to stories about the history of the land.
A mini cinema was also set up for people to enjoy a snippet of Jennifer Gherardi’s documentaries, Spirit Stones and Amy Goes to Wadjemup Island.
Artwork from renowned South West Indigenous artists Sandra Hill, Cassandra Jetty and Charles Riley was on display and for sale at the event. People who attended the event appreciated learning not only about Indigenous culture, but also the breadth of services provided by both IPS and Business Advisory SWP.
Many thanks to Undalup, who provided the delicious food and displays, to Wayne Webb for the welcome to Country, Zac Webb for sharing the stories from our local Indigenous history, and to Jennifer for her documentaries and offering the use of Meeka House in Margaret River, a beautiful venue with a fitting story behind it.
Event organisers Claire Anderson, Kristy Jetta and Sana Turnock with speaker Zac Webb.