OUR PAST: Irene Daley officially opens the exhibition of photographs at the Grafton Regional Gallery. Photo: SIMON HUGHES.
OUR PAST: Irene Daley officially opens the exhibition of photographs at the Grafton Regional Gallery. Photo: SIMON HUGHES.

Black and white mix takes time to blend

By LEIGH PRITCHARD

newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au

WHILE walking out of the Grafton Regional Gallery on Friday, I bumped into a young aboriginal man, and I immediately said sorry.

On International Day of Healing, formally National Sorry Day, my apology brought home to me the importance of the day, which coincided with the opening of the photographic exhibition, Breimba Memories.

The exhibition gives a glimpse of the lives of aboriginal people in the Clarence Valley from the 1870s to 1960s.

Aboriginal elder, artist and community worker, Irene Daley, spoke of the meaning of the day: "It is so good to see so many different coloured faces ... our pathways together are possible. The healing must begin today."

Nungera Co-operative manager Trevor Kapeen said an apology should have come when aborigines were made citizens.

"It is a slow healing process," he said.



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