2018 NAIDOC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Conference

By Charles Pakana – 20 June 2018

Charles was joined live in the studio by Christine Ross, the convenor and organiser of the NAIDOC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Conference.

The conference is being held at the UNSW Kensington campus on the 11th and 12th of July 2018.

According to Ms Ross, when the NAIDOC 2018 theme of “Because of her, we can” was announced in November 2017, setting up the conference was a “no brainer”.

“We’re more than capable…”

The list of speakers attendees will be hearing from include:

  • Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador, Dr Anita Heiss
  • Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First People
  • Aboriginal model Magnolia Maymuru
  • Linda Burney, MP, Shadow Minister for Human Services
  • June Oscar, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Ms Ross said that each of the speakers would be talking about their own personal stories, aiming to motivate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who might be at their own “starting points.”

“The message is that we don’t need anyone to speak on our behalf,” she stated. “We’re more than capable of doing that for ourselves.”

 

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