Reconciliation can be a hard thing to do when there are ongoing injustices to my people! When I first started work at Bonnie’s, the moment I walked in I felt at ease. There were no ‘first-day jitters’. Somehow I felt a sense of peace and belonging. And I knew this was a place for me. In the short time that I’ve been at Bonnie’s, it’s clear that nobody is left out. Everyone’s welcome and included with open arms.
Reconciliation week was nearing and it was suggested that I do a painting to honour the week. For me, the painting was a gift of appreciation for the kind welcome I felt at Bonnie’s.
The painting symbolises positive charge and from a grassroots organisation I feel that this is very important. Bonnie’s was able to give voice to Reconciliation and what it means to us as Aboriginal people/workers. Beyond Reconciliation week we are also encouraged to speak out for our people.
Through some thoughtful collaborative discussion with my co-worker Natasha, who is also an artist, the painting was created.
About the painting:
The top left-hand corner shows three woman gathering and yarning on Reconciliation – Alison C, Donna, Peta (Indigenous Workers at Bonnie’s).
The second circle on the left shows our Management Team – Tracy, An, Alison C and Carolina;
The third circle on the right symbolises all of the staff at Bonnie’s talking Reconciliation.
The dots depict the spiritual journey of reconciliation that the Bonnie’s bird carries. Each dot that goes out of the painting is what our workers take from reconciliation to their homes and communities.
Written by Peta Link