Who’s your mob and where were you raised?
I’m a Wamba Wamba (Gourmjanyuk) and Yorta Yorta (Wallithica) woman based in Melbourne. I have strong family links to my traditional country at Muymer Lake Boga and Cummeragunja along the Murray River. I was born in Melbourne but grew up in country Victoria in a place called Shepparton.
How long have you been a member of the NAIDOC Committee?
I’ve recently joined the committee starting in September 2017.
What does NAIDOC mean to you?
NAIDOC holds such special significance for me. It continues the vision of my grandfather Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls and his Uncle William Cooper and many other leaders. It unifies our people, acknowledges our history and celebrates our survival. NAIDOC is now a key part of our identity and history and an intergenerational responsibility. It’s imperative that we pass the importance of NAIDOC to our younger generation to keep them connected to their people and communities, traditions and cultural practices.
How will you be celebrating NAIDOC Week?
I will be celebrating everything NAIDOC in my community.
Outside of NAIDOC what are your passions?
My family is my passion. I put them first and they inspire me to do my best in everything I do. Travelling - I’ve been extremely lucky to travel the world.
Fun fact – what don’t we know about you?
I’m a history buff.