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What is the role of storytelling in enabling healing and transformation led by our Indigenous communities?

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Join us for the final talk of our Feed Your Mind series for 2020, which will feature talks by Professor Kim Scott and Darryl Kickett, followed by a panel discussion with Michelle Broun from the WA Museum, hosted by Ingrid Cumming.

Monday 23 November 2020
12pm to 1pm
Curtin 137 St Georges Terrace
Noongar aboriginal dot painting

Together, our speakers will address how we can use stories to unlock the history of our land and heal our minds, bodies and communities.

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Mr Darryl Kickett

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Mr Darryl Kickett is a Nyungar-Bibbulmen man who grew up near Narrogin, Western Australia. Darryl has a long history of working in Aboriginal Affairs including in the Australian Parliament and as the head of Land Councils, Aboriginal Health and the Curtin Aboriginal Studies Centre. He was a member of the State Suicide Prevention Committee and the Telethon Kids Institute Aboriginal Research Committee. In 2013, Darryl was awarded the National NAIDOC Person of the Year Award. He holds a degree in Social Science and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media, Culture, Arts, and Social Inquiry (MCASI) at Curtin University, where he is the project lead for the ARC-funded Healing Land, Healing People: Novel Nyungar Perspectives research project. He has also previously worked on the Ancestor Words Archives Project, returning letters to the descendants of writers.


Professor Kim Scott

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Professor Kim Scott is a multi-award winning Noongar author from Western Australia. He grew up near Albany, in southern Western Australia. In 2000, Kim became the first Indigenous author to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award, with his novel Benang: From the Heart (1999) and in 2011 he won a second Miles Franklin along with the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal and a number of other literary awards with That Deadman Dance (2010). He has worked as a secondary school teacher and at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University. Following the completion of his PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2009, Scott worked at the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute before being appointed Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts of Curtin University in December 2011. He founded the not-for-profit cultural organisation, Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories and is a member of The Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT), leading its Indigenous Culture and Digital Technologies research program.


Michelle Broun

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Michelle Broun was born in Perth, Western Australia and studied Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies and Fine Arts at ECU. She is a qualified cultural planner and has worked as a free-lance artist, curator and writer, a Project and Policy Officer with the Department of Culture and the Arts, and CEO of an Indigenous publisher.

Her mother is Yindjibarndi from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She has Scottish ancestry on her father’s side- descending from the invaders of Nyoongar Boodja and something to be reconciled moving forward.

Michelle managed the Indigenous Community Stories, an oral -history- on- film program at the Film and Television Institute of WA for 3 years, producing over 30 short films in partnership with Aboriginal Elders and communities across WA.

From 2017, she has worked at the WA Museum as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curator to create the Ngalang Koort Boodja Wirn exhibition, one of eight new exhibitions at the New Museum of WA. She is honoured to work alongside Elders and community, to create space for the voices of her people, share their rich cultures and histories with the broader community, to break down stereotypes and be a part of the truth-telling.

Panel moderator

Ingrid Cumming

Ingrid (Ngoorlak) Cumming nee Collard, is a Whadjuk Nyungar woman from Fremantle, Western Australia. A graduate of Murdoch University and Melbourne Business School, she has presented and published articles internationally, presented at TedXPerth 2014, and is internationally recognised for her work in leadership, Noongar, and wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, research, community and cultural development.

Ingrid provides Nyungar cultural advice to University leadership and staff in all areas across the learning and student experience, research, community engagement, people and culture, and reconciliation. She oversees the ongoing evolution and implementation of the Indigenous Cultural Capability Framework, providing education, leadership, and mentorship for staff and students. Ingrid works with Schools to support the development of culturally competent Curtin graduates, able to demonstrate cross-cultural capability and with an applied understanding of local First Peoples’ “katajininy warniny” – Nyungar ways of being, knowing and doing. Ingrid play’s a critical role in the development of the unique Nowanup Bush Campus, where staff and students experience Nyungar ways on country.