No. 7 Janelle Brown

The Daily Examiner - - CLARENCE VALLEY'S POWER 30 -

EACH week, Janelle Brown finds time dur­ing her busy work­ing week to pen her Daily

Ex­am­iner col­umn Gi­ina­gay Jing­gi­wahla (which means hello in our lo­cal first na­tion lan­guages).

Since its de­but in Septem­ber 2016, the col­umn has been a weekly fix­ture in help­ing to in­form the wider Clarence Val­ley about our lo­cal in­dige­nous peo­ple and hap­pen­ings in their com­mu­nity.

It’s a pretty spe­cial re­gion here in the Clarence Val­ley, be­ing home to three dif­fer­ent groups – Bund­jalung, Gum­bayn­g­girr and Yaegl peo­ple – and Janelle’s reg­u­lar con­tri­bu­tion spans the width and breadth of those com­mu­ni­ties.

Her writ­ing style and choice of con­tent has proved very pop­u­lar with peo­ple from all back­grounds as she touches on a broad range of in­dige­nous top­ics ev­ery week.

From help­ing read­ers to get to know their elders in the com­mu­nity to ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on cul­tural prac­tices and in­dige­nous his­tory, the Clarence Val­ley Heal­ing Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor is a wealth of knowl­edge with a knack for de­liv­er­ing that knowl­edge in in­for­ma­tive, easy-to-di­gest ar­ti­cles.

Janelle is also not shy when it comes to chal­leng­ing the es­tab­lish­ment.

In fact, her most fas­ci­nat­ing col­umns ex­plore the so­cial is­sues that are con­tin­u­ing to im­pact con­tem­po­rary in­dige­nous Aus­tralians.

Whether it’s about vis­i­tors climb­ing Uluru, the mean­ing be­hind the na­tional an­them or the his­tory of Coutts Cross­ing and its name, Janelle’s con­tri­bu­tions have helped to cre­ate new di­rec­tions in con­ver­sa­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what is the world’s old­est con­tin­u­ous cul­ture to­day.

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