A feast of wellness at Darruyaygam Maagun Festival!

The very first Darruyaygam Maagun Wellness and Culture Festival was held Friday the 9th of September.

Thank you to everyone that came along Friday September 9th to gather with us riverside at 'Baga-Baga' to celebrate unity, healing and culture. After all the postponements caused by Covid - 3 years later it was so good to see this vision realised and the hard work all come together.

The festival commenced underneath the grey storming clouds with Welcome to Country by Gawa Gary Williams and Smoking Ceremony with Gawa Martin Ballangarry.
With the looming storm overhead, the mood was of cautious celebration, but as the smoke rose, the rain stopped and throughout the opening dance the clouds cleared to reveal a glorious blue sky. A stirring moment that resonated with us all. The beautiful sunshine amplifying the excitement and enjoyment on the day.

All of the performances on the day were too deadly - musicians and dancers alike! The water was perfect for the river activities, a refreshing splash enjoyed by many. So many great products and activities with all of the stall holders and our Nyanggan Gapi crew working hard with the popularity of their coffees and food.

"Hopefully this opportunity empowers community to move forward in a positive way. Our ancestors guide us we need to continue embracing what is best for our mob, and the best way forward starts with our children being strong in culture and strong in self." Said Amanda Donovan event organiser and BMNAC / Nyanggan Giirrwaa program facilitator.

With the day winding down and the clean up finished the clouds returned, as if from a message from the old ones, bidding a farewell with a beautiful rainbow.

We're very happy to have the Darruyaygam Maagun Festival be an addition to the cultural calendar for the region and we're really looking forward to the next one- see you all there!

  


Dancing on Country

Daalgiyay, yiiliwiyay Gumbaynggirr Wajaada 👣
Singing & Dancing on Gumbaynggirr Country.
A big stand up paddleboarding & walking tour with @wajaanayaam on the 2nd day of 2020 to kick off the new year!


Goori Junuybin Art Exhibition, NAIDOC Week 2019

NAIDOC 2019~ VOICE.TREATY. TRUTH.

BMNAC is calling on Goori Young People to get creative and enter our Art Exhibition which will happen during NAIDOC Week 2019.

Young people wanting to enter are encouraged to attend our Goori Learning Centres in the lead up to the Art Exhibition- art supplies will be available!

When: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Where: Cavanbah Centre, 191 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour (starting time to be confirmed)

As this event will be catered by the amazing Nyanggan Gapi Cafe RSVP's are essential

Any enquiries please get in touch 66 525080 or amber@bmnac.org.au

 


BMNAC Newsletter #002

Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation would like to welcome everyone into 2019! New Year needs a NEW Newsletter! So we would like to LAUNCH our 2nd Edition of the BMNAC Newsletter! We're excited to share all of the exciting things that have been happening at BMNAC over the past months. We have so much more to cover, so keep an eye out for our next newsletter in the coming month...

View the full newsletter here: BMNAC Newsletter #002 Jan 2019


Coffs cafe is the real thing

BUILDING connections with local Indigenous youth and their heritage, the Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation is going from strength to strength.

BMNAC has been chosen as one of 23 charities to receive a $25,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, which will provide additional support for its Nyanggan Gapi cafe located at Sealy Lookout.

Read full article here:  http://online.isentialink.com/coffscoastadvocate.com.au/2018/08/28/e24a3a1e-cf87-4ef7-9fa5-4a2d04de1195.html


BMNAC Newsletter #001

Welcome to our very first BMNAC Newsletter.  We're excited to share all of the exciting things that have been happening at BMNAC over the past months.   We have so much more to cover, so keep an eye out for our next newsletter in the coming month...

View the full newsletter here: BMNAC_newsletter_001 (2.09 MB)


Grand ambitions for the future of Sealy Lookout

THERE are some big goals ahead for the Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, and an incredible vision for the future of Sealy Lookout.

BMNAC is a not-for-profit organisation, co-ordinated by local Gumbaynggirr man Clarke Webb, which aims to ensure Aboriginal youth are strong in both cultural identity and educational success through learning centres, cultural camps and more.

Read full article here:  https://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/grand-ambitions-for-the-future-of-sealy-lookout/3383629/


Low act: Thieves steal from charity's newly opened cafe

STAFF at the charity-owned cafe at Sealy Lookout have been left devastated after thieves broke into the precinct overnight and stole the cafe's generator.

The Nyanggan Gapi cafe, which held their official opening only two weeks ago, was established by the Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Organisation to help fund their Learning Centres, Gumbaynggirr Language Revitalisation Programs, Cultural Camps and more.

 

Read full article here:  https://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/low-act-thieves-steal-from-charitys-newly-opened-c/3369113/