The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week “Because of her, we can”, celebrates the active and significant roles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play on a local, state and national level.
As part of the Superhero Foods project, Foodbank WA Nutritionist Jenny Tartaglia has had the privilege of working in partnership with Aboriginal woman Jenni Curtis. In the past 12 months Jenni has been working with Foodbank as a consultant to develop resources which combine the Superhero Foods theme with the topics of bush tucker, traditional food and cooking practices, and food origins. Jenni’s expertise was highly valuable in helping to create new characters and resources that are culturally appropriate, fun and engaging. Part of this collaboration was the development of our new storybook, “Let’s Eat!”, which pays homage to Aboriginal culture in its illustrations, content and Superhero Food characters.
Jenni is a Balladong, Whadjak, Yued woman with connection to the Nyikina mob. She has worked in health and education most of her life, and is the founder of an Aboriginal women’s health and well-being community organisation called Yok Djakoorliny Inc. She and a close friend are currently running a health and well-being program in a women’s prison.
As an active volunteer, Jenni makes regular visits to King Edward Memorial Hospital to support Aboriginal patients, and donates her time in schools teaching students about her culture.
To acknowledge her work in education and other contributions, in 2014 Jenni was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame, and this year she was invited to run with the Queen’s baton.
Foodbank WA would like to acknowledge Jenni, and her embodiment of this year’s NAIDOC week theme.
If you would like to check out the resources created in consultation with Jenni, and download them for free, head to www.superherofoodshq.org.au