New IKC Coordinator for Aurukun

Priscilla Blanco recently joined the team at Aurukun Shire Council as coordinator of Council’s Wik Mungkan Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

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From Aurukun’s Winchanam clan, Priscilla spent most of her childhood holidays in Aurukun as her grandfather, William Hudson, was a stockman who worked in the community and its outstations.

Priscilla’s first day coincided with the Centre’s official opening following extensive renovations to the building and facilities by Council.

When asked about her new role, Priscilla replied with excitement.

“It’s a privilege to work in the IKC because it’s so much more than a library… it’s an Indigenous Knowledge centre.”

“When we learn, it’s not always through books… it’s through visuals, stories and experiences.”

“The IKC is a neutral place where grannies, aunties and uncles can come and yarn about things… a place where kids can learn about culture and tradition, as well as western knowledge. “

The IKC was opened by Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt and Aurukun Mayor Dereck Walpo on Thursday 24 November, 2016.

State Library Executive Director Regional Access and Public Libraries Louise Denoon represented State Library at the opening and was honoured to attend.

Welcome to the IKC network, Priscilla!