NCIG's Community Engagement Coordinator, Azure Hermes, made visits to the communities at One Arm Point, Lombadina, Djarinjin, Bidyadanga and Kununurra in May.
The purpose of the visits was to let communities know about NCIG and ask communities if NCIG can talk to them more about its aims. During this trip Azure found many people whose samples are held in the Collection. She had many long and honest conversations: the people she spoke to were fascinated by the story of the NCIG Collection and easily appreciated the scientific potential of the samples, especially for medical research; but many were also deeply stirred by painful reminders of loss and disempowerment. The people of the Kimberley were warmly welcoming, and asked for time to consider, time to talk with family, and for more photographs and documents about their communities to be shared with them. Azure has been invited to visit again later in 2016, and she will give NCIG's assurance of respectful, deep and unhurried consultation.
NCIG is grateful to Neil Carter, of KALACC (Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre) for his support. We also thank Anthony McLarty (Community Consultation OFficer, Marra Worra Worra) and Russel Davey (One Arm Point resident, and KALACC board member).