What does NAIDOC Week mean to you?

What NAIDOC Week means to me…

Introducing some amazing women who visited or shared with us this NAIDOC Week:

Delvene Cockatoo-CollinsArtist, Minjerribah.

Delvene lives on Minjerribah and is a Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul woman of Quandamooka Country.

We’re thrilled to have Deleve share with us at our Kenmore Campus. Delvene Cockatoo-Collins lives and works on Minjerribah with her family. She acknowledges that this is the 'place of my mother's birth and also for her mother and her mother’s mother.   

Her current practice includes textiles, ceramic and jewellery making through these mediums, she expresses the stories of her family's lived experiences on Minjerribah, the natural environment, and her responses to representations of images and texts of Quandamooka.   

She has an inherently resourceful approach to her art making, whereby she spends time with her family on Back Beach collecting materials and found objects that become and important element in her work.  

Delvene also draws inspiration from the stories that have been handed down to her that related to family, culture and history and the land.  She translates these narratives through her own contemporary interpretations to ensure their continuation.

Delvene was selected to design the gold, silver and bronze medals for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Peta, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Support Worker, Jamboree Heights

Peta is a Gooreng Gooreng woman whom has lived and worked in the Brisbane and Ipswich area most of her life.

“As an Indigenous woman, this year’s theme to me is both exciting, and empowering. I am the youngest of nine girls, a mother of 1 girl 3 boys and grandmother to 3 girls. I am the backbone to my family, I am the glue that keeps us strong.  I sought/seek consult from my mother/sisters and aunties, in raising my family as they did/do. And this is what I will pass on to my daughter and granddaughters.

Tammy Wallace, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Leader, Children, Youth and Families, Kenmore Campus

Tammy is Jirrbal women with strong cultural ties in Ravenshoe, Atherton Tablelands and Palm Island where her father grew up.  

“NAIDOC week to me is the week we as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people celebrate who we are and most importantly acknowledge our culture (the oldest living culture in the world).
This year’s theme– Because of her we can, I immediately thought about my grandmother, Maisie Barlow Yarracali a proud Jirrbal women and elder of her community but most importantly the matriarch of our people and big Nan to many.  This year’s theme is so important as the women in community are the backbone of our families and our people.  Over the years I have met the many women who work tirelessly to keep women and children safe, families together and culture alive.  I am in awe of all the women who do this day in day out this NAIDOC is in recognition of them and to simply say – Thank you for all that you do, today we honour you.”

“It’s wonderful to see the light being shown on us Indigenous women this year for such a major event where the Indigenous and wider communities come together. If there is one thing we should remember during NAIDOC week, when we stand to chat and share stories with grandmothers, mothers, friends or colleagues, is that they all come from a long line of strong women. Women who have over time and continue to overcome adversities, empower others and achieve many things regardless of their roles in their families or communities.”

Posted July 12, 2018 in Our blog