We’re creating an anthology of stories of black and white Australians working together for positive outcomes. It started with three stories including a remote North West group working with linguists to bring language from virtual extinction into every day use; a Melbourne project funds indigenous kids’ education so they can go to any school they choose; and an Elder established a community garden with an English migrant, to teach kids about culture, country and convergence. Black and White gives voice to seldom-heard people at the heart of our country’s development.
These stories form the beginning of an ongoing national collection showing how black and white Australians are working together in cities, towns and remote communities, on diverse, critical projects, big and small. It’s reconciliation in action.
They’re stories millions of Australians now want to know. Films, podcasts & articles produced by Black and White will be online so every Australian has access to them.
Mutthi Mutthi Elder & Wemba Wamba woman, Vicki Clark OAM, is co-funder, director & cultural advisor. Her work is informed by spending time on her Grandmother’s country (Lake Mungo – where 42,000 year old Mungo Man remains were discovered) to growing up in Melbourne. She guides immersion experiences on her ancestors’ land, and is excited as students come to understand the connections. A long-serving council member & former co-chair Reconciliation Victoria, Vicki’s role as Government-appointed rep on Victorian Treaty Commission helped establish Australia’s inaugural First People’s (State) Assembly. A great honor is that over many years Aboriginal families turn to Vicki to conduct funerals – a sacred trust which she says is a high priority. Also, she volunteers as Founding Trustee, Opening the Doors Foundation, supporting Aboriginal children in education of choice. Vicki volunteers as a Yingadi Aboriginal Corporation director, & for Mallee District Aboriginal Services board.