Ngarra Murray is a First Nations woman of the Wamba Wamba, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Dhudhuroa. She grew up in Shepparton and is now based in Melbourne. Ngarra has worked in the Melbourne Aboriginal Community for the past twenty years and is the Executive Lead of Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples Program and a Metropolitan Member of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.
What does NAIDOC mean to you?
NAIDOC is in our blood. It is special to me as it continues the legacies of our old people, including my great grandparents, the late Pastor Sir Doug and Lady Gladys Nicholls. We have an intergenerational responsibility to carry NAIDOC each year and pass on its importance to our younger generation so that they are grounded in culture and connected to community. Born from a protest, NAIDOC is now a key part of our identity and history, and brings our people together each year to celebrate our culture, community, resilience and survival.