NAIDOC Week 2018

NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made across the nation - Because of her, we can!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have fought and continue to fight for equal rights, law and justice, rights to country, equality in education and employment and the preservation and celebration of culture, language, music and art.

Each day this week we will hear from a handful of these women, who will tell us their stories.

Join us on our Facebook page and website this week as we celebrate these leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned photographs on this website may contain images of deceased persons which may cause sadness or distress.

"Emily was a powerhouse in her day, a traditional healer and spoke her traditional language all her life with her oldest son uncle Harry. After her husband, Grandfather Farmer, passed away, Emily raised her big family alone. She lived with her remaining children in Katanning till her death in 1952 at age 96...." Tjalaminu Mia & Deanne Tann

Discover Emily's story here.

"This year’s theme is one very close to my heart. When I hear it, I think of my two young daughters Haylee and Jennifer. After years of struggle, I remember the day I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I remember looking down at my belly thinking, “I will not let her live my struggle, so I need to get my life together to make sure her journey is defined by who she wants to be, not carrying around my baggage”... Ingrid Cumming

Discover Ingrid's story here.

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"The opportunities for Aboriginal women moving forward are many and in all fields of life. These opportunities can be achieved by listening, sharing knowledge, forward thinking, motivation, taking the opportunities when they come, knowing what your good at and always value your work and yourself..." Janine McAullay Bott

Discover Janine's story here.

LAA is about bringing community together and working to make the lives of Noongar people, not easier, but more sustainable by offering programs and services to assist the community in getting support and assistance where they need it, whether that is through school programs, assisting people with mental illnesses, women's group, men's shed all with the purpose of letting the community know there is somewhere they can go and be listened to.

Here are some of the women of Langford Aboriginal Association highlighting what this year’s NAIDOC theme means to them...

Discover the LAA stories here.

Marie Taylor is a proud descendant of the Whadjuk/Barlardong Noongar people. She is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In reflection on this year’s NAIDOC theme 'Because of her, we can', Marie shares a personal story about birthing on boodjar.

Discover the Marie's story here.

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