It is National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2019, and events are being held across the country to continue and build on the national conversation around the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the broader Australian Community.
This year’s theme is Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage. The National Reconciliation Week website has this to say about the theme:
To celebrate NRW, IPS Operations Manager Jahna Cedar, a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, would like to share two short films about members of her family.
“National Reconciliation Week is a time for all people to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia,” Jahna said.
“These films are some honest truth telling about life in the Pilbara during some tough times.
"The first one is called My Nan and the Yandi. It is a doco about my Great Grandmother (who in customary family structure is my daughter.) It is the story of how she used her Yandi “Coolamon” during the 1930s-40s to collect tin to sell and make money for rations for our family. The second is about my Uncle Dwaine “Billy” Derschaw who bought about traditional fishing rights, through the Federal courts."