Gnulla Karnany Waangkiny (Our Truth Telling) Project Wins National Indigenous Project Award

Published on Wednesday, 17 May 2023 at 4:00:00 PM

Gnulla Karnany Waangkiny (Our Truth Telling) – a landmark partnership project between the Noongar Kartdijin Aboriginal Corporation (NKAC) and the Shire of Toodyay – has won the Indigenous Project Award at the 2023 Australian Museums and Galleries Association Awards (AMaGAs).

This award, announced at AMaGA’s presentation ceremony on May 16 in Newcastle, NSW as part of the 2023 AMaGA National Conference, recognises a project or program developed specifically for Indigenous communities and/or by Indigenous people.

Shire Museum Curator and Cultural Heritage Officer Margie Eberle had the privilege of receiving the award in person, on behalf of both the Shire and the NKAC, and said she was honoured to do so.

This is Toodyay’s journey in the truth telling conversation, and the Shire is very proud to have partnered with the Noongar Kaartdijin Aboriginal Corporation to bring about a permanent display at our museums,” she commented.

“The Shire of Toodyay is leading the way in Western Australia across local governments as part of the truth telling conversation.”

Launched in September 2022 and included in the Shire’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2021-2023, Gnulla Karnany Waangkiny (Our Truth Telling) consists of displays at Newcastle Gaol Museum and Connor’s Mill. These displays highlight Noongar heritage relevant to the region, and ensure more inclusive museums through the inclusion of Noongar culture and history, including dark history.

NKAC Chairperson Robert Miles, a Yued Noongar leader, said this project has been about ‘reclaiming’ the Noongar voice and acknowledging the truth.

Congratulations to the NKAC, Margie, and the Shire RAP Working Group on receiving this award, recognising their efforts in taking an important step on the pathway to reconciliation.

Museum Curator and Cultural Heritage Officer Margie stands
proud after accepting the Indigenous Project Award in Newcastle.

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