Pair’s visit to Canberra to aid change
Two Broome residents were among the 22 Aboriginal women from WA who travelled to Canberra recently as part of Oxfam Australia’s Straight Talk National Summit, with the hope of building positive change in Aboriginal communities around the country.
Running from Sunday, November 25, until Thursday, November 29, the summit comprised more than 70 women who took part in small group meetings with politicians, attended Question Time and shared in each other’s experiences.
Alarna Maher, a Yawuru, Bard and Jabirr woman, was inspired to apply after attending the regional Straight Talk in the Kimberley last year.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people share learnings through stories, so this (was) a chance to hear about our successes and lessons from women in other regions, and then building on that, instead of starting from square one,” she said.
Rayleen Counsillor attended the summit for the first time.
The summit aims to help participants learn about the political process and build on their skills to creative positive change in their communities.