NAIDOC women's gathering celebrates Aboriginal women in Moree

A large group of women gathered in the beautiful gardens of Bank Art Museum Moree to celebrate each other at a special women’s gathering held as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations on Thursday.

About 30 women attended the event, hosted by Family and Community Services (FACS), enjoying a delicious morning tea while hearing about some of the inspirational females in the Moree community.

“The event is to commemorate NAIDOC Week; we thought it was important given the theme of the week this year is about women,” FACS director of housing operations for Hunter, New England and Central Coast Jeff Mills said.

“We wanted to use the opportunity to celebrate and pay tribute to Aboriginal women in this community who have contributed to their communities.”

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Local Aboriginal women Wendy Craigie and Marion Nelio both spoke at the event, sharing with the crowd the women who helped shape their lives.

“The women who inspired me were my mother, grandmothers and aunties in my extended families,” Ms Craigie said.

“They were strong in spirit and community connected women who loved their families. They sacrificed many things to see us become strong and proud Aboriginal women for our families to look up to.

“Because of her, we can strive to instil good values in our females and hope they reach their desired goals in life.”

Ms Nelio paid tribute to her mum, her Aunty Alma and Julie Whitton, who she said inspired her the most.

“I spent most of my life growing up with my Aunty Alma and Julie was like my big sister, she was a cousin,” she said.

“We spent many hours together and if I needed to know anything about family or country, I went to her.”

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