The main shape represents the area known as the Loddon Mallee encompassing the Aboriginal communities that have lived there for millennia. The blue upside-down U-shapes are the people supporting communities and the journey they have walked together. The top right represents the flora and fauna – the animals and sacred lands. The bottom left represents the rivers, waterways and the animals that live in them. The orange circular shape are the Aboriginal communities that hold and share traditional knowledge that has been passed down for thousands of generations.
Knowledge, ways of being and doing connect us with Country. That connection helps Country heal. When Country is healed, Country is strong. When Country is strong, we are strong.
Madison Conners (née Saunders) – Yarli Creative
My identity is what drives me. It’s something that is within me and comes from the heart. My connection to my environmental surroundings is my blood line and vein to this country and the community which runs deep within. I come from a strong line of women and am following in their footsteps; I aim to embody their full form on this earth and strive to make my mob proud of the work that I create and achieve.
Madison Connors is a proud Yorta Yorta (Wolithica), Dja Dja Wurrung (Moomnom gunditj bee clan) and Gamilaroi woman. She was born and grew up in Kanny-goopna (Shepparton in Yorta Yorta language). Madison is an artist, a human rights advocate, and a mother. Her business, Yarli Creative, is a coming together of her yarka (children), her yakapna (family) and her mulana (spirit).