Kids tune in to Gina’s past

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au Aaron Cor­lett

ABO­RIG­I­NAL mu­si­cian Gina Wil­liams sang tra­di­tional songs and told sto­ries about her fam­ily to Como Se­condary Col­lege stu­dents as part of a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion pro­gram.

Head of arts Monique Laves said Mrs Wil­liams sang beau­ti­fully and was an im­pres­sive per­son on the day.

“Gina made the kids learn some Noon­gar words and ex­plained them in English,” she said.

“As well as sing­ing, she spoke about her fam­ily and the sto­ries of her life and about the his­tory of indige­nous peo­ple.

“There were a few kids who didn’t know about the stolen gen­er­a­tion. We are a re­ally mul­ti­cul­tural school and we have quite a few indige­nous stu­dents.

“I think they could iden­tify with Gina.”

Mrs Wil­liams was the re­cip­i­ent of the 2013 and 2014 Indige­nous Act of the Year at the WA Mu­sic In­dus­try Awards and has per­formed at fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing the Nan­nup Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Jazz by the Bay and the Fair­bridge Fes­ti­val.

The school re­ceived a grant from the De­part­ment of Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs as part of the PALS ini­tia­tive, which stands for part­ner­ship, ac­cep­tance, learn­ing and shar­ing.

The pro­gram en­cour­ages schools to de­velop projects that pro­mote rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Como Se­condary Col­lege ran art and dance work­shops on Au­gust 24.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Como Se­condary Col­lege stu­dents learnt some of Gina Wil­liams’ indige­nous his­tory.

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