No. 7 Janelle Brown
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.