Moreton Bay Regional Council libraries will screen an interview online with Ghunghanghi Elder and founding member of Reconciliation Queensland Aunty Flo Watson for National Reconciliation Week.
It will be available online from Friday, May 29, on the libraries’ Welcoming Places page.
University of Queensland academic and proud Wakka Wakka woman Emily McConochie interviewed Aunty Flo about National Reconciliation Week – May 27-June 3 - and its theme In this Together.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation and, in playing our part, we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.
Aunty Flo Watson is an Elder, traditional owner and proud descendant of the Ghunghanghi People of Yarrabah, North Queensland. She also has a traditional affiliation with both the Kuku-yelangi people of Laura/Maytown, Palmer River area, which is west of Cooktown, and the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba people of Magnetic Island and Townsville.
Since moving to Brisbane in the 1970s to attend teachers’ college, Aunty Flo has worked as a senior public servant and consultant advising governments and Aboriginal organisations across Australia.
She’s an Elder with the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Council and a founding member of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) and has since been appointed by the Qld Premier as ACPA’s first patron, a position she currently holds.
In 2015, Aunty Flo received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the Indigenous communities of Queensland.
She continues to work hard in these communities, with government and non-government organisations helping to bring change and improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Emily McConochie was born in Maryborough and is a Wakka Wakka woman with German and Scottish heritage. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) and a Master of Development Practice and has an Associate Diploma from the Australian College of Music in Speech and Drama. She’s a community development worker, a social justice advocate, gardener and an amateur comedian. Emily loves working for community and her mob, and is an active member of the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She’ll be interviewing Aunty Flo.
If you want to see the video, visit Moreton Bay Regional Council Libraries Welcoming Places page on Friday, May 29.