This will be a casual event, open to people to come and check out the room, reminisce about the many, many meetings, actions and campaigns that have been born from the building, and pay tribute to Uncle Yami.
Yami Lester was a Yankunytjatjara Elder, atomic test survivor, Aboriginal rights activist, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. This portrait (taken by Jessie Boylan) at Yami's home on Walatina Station, has long been hanging on the walls of Friends of the Earth, and his legacy remains an inspiration to so many who gather in the office.
During the months of renovations, countless people mentioned how odd the room seemed without Uncle Yami present in our work and meetings, so it seemed only appropriate to return his picture back to pride of place, and honour his legacy.
We look forward to seeing you there! Special thanks to Karina, Rose and the Lester family for your blessing in our commemoration of Uncle Yami and his lifetime of activism. You can read more about Yami in an article published after his passing in 2017.
We acknowledge that this event will be held on unceded Wurundjeri land, and apologise that this event is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
312 Smith St
Collingwood, VIC 3066
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