Eyre Peninsula communities continue reconciliation journey

The City of Port Lincoln is rounding off its National Reconciliation Week program with local storytelling and lasting art.

A showcase for short films by First Nations filmmakers will be screened by Nunga Screen at the Nautilus Arts Center this evening.

Nunga Screen is held annually on Reconciliation Week across South Australia, featuring documentaries, dramas, animations and contemporary and traditional storytelling.

Ngarrindjeri man Josh Trevorrow has programmed Nunga Screen aiming to showcase First Nations talent.

“Nunga Screen has become a strong part of community calendars across regional SA, and with each year, our partnerships with regional organizations and communities strengthen,” Trevorrow said.

“Our films this year are all South Australian and all made by First Nation filmmakers. Film is one of the most powerful mediums, not only to educate but also to enlighten audiences about our People and Culture.

“We hope everyone comes out for this amazing opportunity to get together, connect, learn and have fun.”

In other events, Barngarla elder Aunty Lizzie Richards, along with special guests Eliza Wuttke from Writers SA and City of Port Lincoln First Nations Engagement Officer Evelyn Walker, will be at the Port Lincoln Library offering storytelling workshops until Friday.

These workshops run from 10 am to 2 pm and are free to participants, with materials, a light lunch, and tea and coffee provided.

Port Lincoln Library Manager Louise Mrdjen said last year’s National Reconciliation Week art workshops were extremely popular, with the pieces still proudly hanging in the community room where the storytelling workshops are being held.

“It’s a really special opportunity to engage with our local elder and learn from them – to appreciate the way they protect and share stories – and to continue on our journey to reconciliation,” Mrdjen said.

“We invite people of all ages to come along and engage in the workshops and can’t wait to see what is created.”

Local First Nation artists will also be telling their own stories during a three-month exhibition at the Nautilus Arts Center Gallery from Reconciliation Week through to the celebrations of NAIDOC Week in July and open until August.

City of Port Lincoln Deputy Mayor Jack Ritchie is encouraging the wider community to continue being part of the Port Lincoln community’s journey of reconciliation through attending the local events.

“A vibrant Reconciliation Week program is indicative of the strong commitment our council and community have to our reconciliation journey – to develop meaningful relationships, respect and opportunities for all First Nations peoples in our community,” Ritchie said.

“Reconciliation Week, and later this year NAIDOC Week, are significant on our community’s calendar because of our reconciliation journey. I encourage everyone to consider getting along and engaging in these events.”

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