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DRB Nats meeting – Warrang-Bridil – ‘Enlighten to Acknowledge’ – the past, present and future from a Noongar lens
11 September, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm
Please note: This meeting was scheduled for earlier in the year, but was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The DRB Nats committee have met and decided that it is now safe for this event to go ahead and we will be taking some precautions to protect members who attend:
- Members and visitors will have to bring their own food and drink.
- Hand sanitiser will be available and should be used when entering.
- Maintain social distancing.
- Volunteers will be organised to clean the facility before and after the event.
- You will be required to give your details to volunteers who will complete a register or persons attending.
Please do not attend if unwell (call the DRB Nats phone number on 0436 448 647 to let us know).
Please complete the RSVP if you intend to attend on the night so that we know how many people are coming. If you have completed the RSVP but can’t attend because you are unwell, please call the DRB Nats phone on 0436 448 647.
***If there is insufficient numbers attending the event, we will cancel and let all persons registered know***
Further details: As per usual we will be accepting cash for the entry fee for the night. The people handling the cash will be using gloves and we will have hand sanitiser readily available. There will be no raffle prizes, but there will be up to five door prizes. The door prizes, will be selected by a random number generator from the list of members attending, rather than raffle tickets.
Enlighten to Acknowledge
As the Elders of yesterday sat around the fire passing on stories of Nyoongar Culture, today we are guided by their spirits to continue that ancient practice.
About The Speaker
Mervyn (Nick) Abraham is the owner and lead guide at Warrang-Bridil (meaning ‘Enlighten to Acknowledge’ in Nyoongar language).
Warrang-Bridil is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated cultural business in Perth, Western Australia
Born in Perth, Nick is a family man with wife Charmaine, their 5 children, 25+ grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
With direct connection to the Whadjuk, Yued, Ballardong, Wilmen, Wardandi and Binjerup People and Country, Nick grew-up in Perth and spent his teenage years in and around the Native reserves of the Great Southern region of WA, before permanently returning to Perth in 1979.
Nick’s background includes working as a licensed electrician; studying a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Technology, Sydney; co-host of radio program Moorditj Mag on RTR 92.1 FM; and volunteer with numerous Aboriginal community organisations which strive to improve education, housing, justice, sports and well-being outcomes.
In 2018, Warrang-Bridil, a new Aboriginal cultural tours and consultancy company was formed through an Aboriginal tourism workforce development project with the West Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council.
By re-connecting with our culture, values, purpose and leadership today, and educating ourselves and those around us, we can work together to build a better Nation for tomorow.
About the talk
This talk is about the past, present and future from a Noongar lens. This includes country, culture, people, knowledge and the impacts of colonisation. Indigenous culture has a strong connection to nature and Nick will relate his knowledge to the nature of the Perth Hills wherever possible.
- Kids’ talk – one of your younger members, Ben Wallace will be giving a 5 minutes kids’ talk on a topic he is very enthusiastic about: E-bikes.
- Boffins talk – one of our expert members will be giving an 8 minutes Boffins’ talk – details to be announced.
- “Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table or to send photographs to the MC in advance, e.g. a sample flower, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. If we have time, one of our experts will identify them or briefly talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc.
- Photographs are particularly welcome, as everyone can see them. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to our MC for this night, who will include it on the PowerPoint slides. We have a dedicated email for this purpose: DRBChair@wanaturalists.org.au
- Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.
Venue: Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale Road, Forrestfield.
Time: Please come at 7.15pm or earlier if you wish, for a 7.30pm start as we start promptly. We are open from 6.45pm. We finish formal proceedings no later than 9.30pm and stay for refreshments and socialising afterwards any time up until 10.20pm.
Donation: All this for only a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child to help with the costs of running the club, venue hire, insurance and so on. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits (including gluten free). Please bring the right CASH to help us avoid long queues. Thanks. We do not have EFTPOS facilities yet.
Entrance: It is a condition of entry that everyone signs in on arrival, thank you.
Parking: Free parking right outside.
Wheelchair access: Everything is on one level.
Toilets: Are inside.
Bookings: Please make a booking using the RSVP system.