Maurice Kissier shows Rainbow Prep boys the didgeridoo
NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday July 8 to Sunday July 15 and on July 17 at Tin Can Bay School thanks to the TCB School Indigenous Support Group.
Under the theme, ‘Because of Her, We Can!’, this year will celebrate the essential role women have played, and continue to play as active and significant role models at community, local, state and national levels.
As pillars of our society, leaders, trail blazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate Aboriginal culture, language, music and art.
They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters. Their achievements, their voice, their unwavering passion give us strength and have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come.
They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.
Sadly, Indigenous women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.
For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried our dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have kept our culture strong and enriched us as the oldest continuing culture on the planet.