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Art project unveiled

TALKING STORY: Yamba NAIDOC celebration organiser Rosie Vesper addressing the crowd at the NAIDOC day celebration at Ngaru Village Hall last year. Photo: Adam Hourigan
TALKING STORY: Yamba NAIDOC celebration organiser Rosie Vesper addressing the crowd at the NAIDOC day celebration at Ngaru Village Hall last year. Photo: Adam Hourigan

FINDING a meaningful way to say sorry to a victim of crime is the focal point of the only NAIDOC Week activity to go ahead in the Clarence.

More than 20 pieces created as part of the Art Apology Project will be unveiled this morning at the Maclean Court House.

Aboriginal Community Justice Group co-ordinator for the Lower Clarence, Jenelle Purcell, said the project, which has been operating for more than two years, requires offenders to offer an apology to their victims.

She said the project began for Aboriginal people because a low level of literacy among offenders meant many were not completing their assignments.

"Creating an artwork is more culturally appropriate for our people," Ms Purcell said.

She said the project linked young offenders with Aboriginal artists, who mentored them through the project.

The finished works go to Juvenile Justice, which passes them on to the victims.

"It's been a very successful project so far, judging by the numbers of offenders taking part and the feedback we're getting from the people receiving them," Ms Purcell said.

The ceremony begins at 10am at the court house.

POSTPONED

Some NAIDOC Week activities for Grafton and the Lower Clarence have been postponed.

  •  Grafton NAIDOC Week festivities have been called off until September.
  •  The combined St James' and St Joseph's primary schools event will now take place on August 15.

Topics:  naidoc week, yamba



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