Balaagan Ginhii Malungan—a reconciliation journey


Proud Wiradjuri woman and long-time Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Member Natalie Smith, has personified the 2022 NAIDOC week theme Get Up! Stand Up! and Show Up! setting an example for our entire Guiding community to follow.
 
Natalie is a Member of the Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) working group and committee, and has painted the artwork Balaagan Ginhii Malungan inspired by the Mission of Girl Guides and her lived experience.
 
Describing the artwork, Natalie said that “Balaagan Ginhii Malungan translates to older women leading young women. It is the story of strong women coming together from all nations to empower our younger generations of women to be strong leaders in our community.
 
The wording is Wiradjuri. I am a Wiradjuri woman. I put a lot of love into this artwork and am very proud of its story. I hope you love it as much as I do” concluded Natalie, when introducing the artwork to the organisation for use in the RAP.

Natalie’s painting has informed the visual narrative of the Reconciliation Action Plan that is being developed by Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. 

As an organisation, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT has always strived for inclusivity. We’ve empowered our Members to take action on matters of importance to them, and we recognise the importance of officially embarking on a reconciliation journey in demonstration of our commitment to inclusion. 
 


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