Embracing an Aboriginal lens with Colleen Strangways

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Kristal Kinsela is the supplier diversity expert who’s done it all before. A published author, trusted advisor to leading global organisations and descendant of both the Jawoyn and Wiradjuri nations, Kristal brings lived experience and over 18 years of business expertise to every partnership.

Colleen Strangways (Raven) is a proud South Australian Arabana and Northern Territory Mudbura Warlpiri woman, who grew up in Alice Springs and moved to Adelaide SA to be closer to family. Because of Colleen’s unique ability to capture award-winning photography via her Business Nharla Photography, she is being recognised on various national and international media platforms.

Colleen has spent many years working with more than 50 different communities in Australia and has been sourced by NITV and ABC networks to showcase her works. She is committed to showcasing her culture by telling stories through an Aboriginal lens and to pass on the photography skills and the knowledge she has learnt over the years to the next generation of emerging artists.

Colleen has been awarded the 2018 NADIOC business of the year and was awarded the Gladis Eplick award in 2019 for her work. Colleen has produced and filmed short documentaries for her Arabana families in regards to language , a welcome to country video to be shown at Aboriginal athletics SA and a documentary for South Australian health organization Nunkuwarrin Yunti. VR film Arabana Songlines and the Stolen Documentary “Unbreakable” for Reconciliation SA.

Colleen has over 12,000 followers on social media alone. And is also now an Nikon Australia Ambassador. She is now also a business woman running her own printing service working for community and government alike to represent her community in both a humorous and serious way. Brought up in community and being well connected, Colleen is now using her creative flair to bring her art and others art into the print business to showcase to the world. Not bad for a single mother.

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