NAIDOC Women’s Conference
12th September 2018 , Lisa Jackson, Lisa Jackson Consulting
I was blessed to be chosen to attend the NAIDOC Women’s Conference, where I was inspired by amazing women, who I believe are not only the background of our community, but the future of our community as well.
We tend to generalise about the types of industry and business’s that we are in and believe that we should be pigeon holed into a career path that is pre-determined, yet, I saw women who stepped out of their chosen career paths and have moved onto other pathways and are just as successful. I was inspired by all the young women who attended, their different businesses, and their passion and drive ensuring our people have a continuing voice into the future.
The keynote speakers were thought provoking, I especially liked Kylie Strothers, as I could identify with her work and the issues within her work and the passion she has in working with her community. Having lived in a remote/rural location for 4 years, I understood where she was coming from in terms of lack of opportunity and service provision, but understood too, where she stated that family was an integral part of her life and her work and to do her work successfully, she needed to be able to incorporate her family and work life together. Leila Gurruwiwi’s story about how she got to where she is, and the influences of the women who were involved in her life, and her forgiveness of those who did wrong by her, was possibly the most powerful message voiced.
I attended the kangaroo skin workshop, and learnt more about storytelling, and the importance of recording and telling a person’s story, so that it can be passed down from generation to generation and the fabric of the story can be interwoven throughout the person’s life. I found a strong sense of solidarity and passion amongst all delegates and their mutual respect permeated throughout the conference.
My take away from the conference is, as an Aboriginal person, who is starting a business, don’t limit yourself to what you think you can do. Join network opportunities in your city, build partnerships with other people, promote yourself and don’t second guess yourself. Your knowledge is valuable, your ability to interact and work with our people and our community is priceless. That’s what I learnt at the NAIDOC Women’s Conference.
Lisa Jackson Consulting