Updated: Oct 22, 2021
We have now mapped out a Danjoo Koorliny Bidi Pathway to 2029 and Beyond which lays out the different stages of the Aboriginal-led journey towards 200 years of colonisation in Western Australia.
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The bidi pathway was presented at the 2021 Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Summit by Ezra Jacobs-Smith and the Danjoo Koorliny Team.
“What we've got here is basically a visual representation of the journey so far and all the way through to 2029. And it's also a visual of our strategy in terms of what we're trying to achieve along the way, or the values and the guiding principles that are guiding us on the path.
“You can see there the timeline from 2019 to 2029 - that path is full up until where we are now in 2021, and then there's some dotted lines you can see, and there's also cups or holding spaces waiting to be filled - for us to fill them when we get there. Running along parallel to that is the Noongar six-seasons interpretation. And the way that we're using that for the Danjoo Koorliny journey is over that 10-year period; so it's not happening within the annual yearly cycle, but we're using it over the 10-year cycle and we're moving through the seasons from fertility, incubation, birth, childhood, adolescence, and then adulthood. And then at the end of that, it starts all over again.
"We're in birth this year, and we also happen to be in the season of birth now, Kambarang, the calendar season of birth or the annual season. So in some ways it's a birthing, it's a materialisation of our journey and our strategy.
“And that core path in the middle, that holds our purpose, our values, to align everybody to caring for everything towards 2029 and beyond. And we want to get everybody as close to being on that path as we can.
“And then the white spiral or the lines wrapping around that, we're calling that the Kaartdijin Knowledge Hub. What that is, the Kaartdijin Knowledge Hub, is the collection of our co-directors, our leaders, our Eldership, our extended network of knowledge holders who come in and out of the Danjoo Koorliny collective. And we're all in that collective, trying to guide the path along.
“So basically that ensures that we're staying on track and we're bringing together people's collective knowledge and experience to make sure we're not making mistakes that may have been made in the past, or we're not redoing work that's already been done. So it really requires us all to contribute to that, to create that tight holding space for ourselves” (Ezra Jacobs-Smith, Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Summit 2021).