board listens, learns and connects on country during Ngarrindjeri cultural experience

THE board was privileged to hear direct from Aboriginal people about their experiences, cultures and views about service delivery during the organisation’s board development cultural event in April.

The event began with a question and answer panel session featuring inspiring Aboriginal people, including Traditional Yankunytatjara Elder Jack Crombie OAM, his wife Gwen Crombie OAM, foster carer Ray Love, young woman Shakirra and youth worker Teena Franey.

This was followed by an opportunity to connect on country along the Coorong, hosted by senior Aboriginal advisor Kathy Rigney and her extended family, with participants spending the evening with Ngarrindjeri people and sharing in culture, food, dance, song and stories around a campfire.

Cultural sharing around the campfire was led by Rita Lindsay Junior and Michael Lindsay.

Participants in the cultural experience also toured Camp Coorong to continue to learn about Ngarrindjeri people and their connection to The Coorong and surrounding lands.

SHARING CULTURE: Ngarrindjeri people, including senior Aboriginal advisor Kathy Rigney’s extended family, spent time around the campfire with board members and support staff, sharing culture and life experiences.
EXPLORING THE COORONG: board members visited Camp Coorong, meeting with elders and Ngarrindjeri community members as part of their cultural development program.