Ed’s Note – Celebrating NAIDOC Week

22 / 07 / 2016

Each July, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As part of NAIDOC week, Sheilas is celebrating by compiling an Indigenous-themed issue, featuring some incredible contributors.

Arrernte Australian woman, Celeste Liddle (Aboriginal activist and blogger of Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist) talks to us about NAIDOC week, the election and issues of solidarity, and how the cycle of racism in Australia continues – and speaking of, Horacek delivers a ‘Sheilas Original’ cartoon, hot off the press and drawn from Celeste’s spot on comparison on what Australia’s values truly reflect. Footy-mad Kim Toffoletti, a senior lecturer at Deakin University, gives us the confessions of a feminist footy fan and discusses the AFL’s struggle with ‘diversity.’

For our BONZA Sheila, we had the privilege of interviewing June Oscar AO, a Bunuba Woman from the Central Kimberley Region and one of Australia’s great Indigenous leaders. She is joint CEO of the Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre where she has played a key role in uncovering and addressing the extraordinarily high number of children afflicted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Once again, our wonderful Culture Club contributor Jessamy Gleeson delivers us a reflective and personal piece this time, detailing her journey to discover an identity that isn’t so black and white.

And we welcome the young Nakia Cadd, a proud Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Bunitj woman from Melbourne who gives us her experience in Youth Parliament and the amazing achievement, along with her peers, of developing a Bill that proposed Mandatory Indigenous seats on all local Victorian councils – which successfully passed.

Enjoy!

Image: Songlines Tie All Aboriginal People Together by Lani Balzan

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