In 2018, the City celebrated NAIDOC with the National theme Because of her, We Can! acknowledging the contribution, leadership, advocacy and influence of First Nations women across our great region.
As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, First Nations women have fought and continue to fight for:
- equal rights
- our rights to country
- law and justice
- access to education, employment
the ability to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.
They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.
They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters.
Their achievements, their voice, and their unwavering passion give us strength and have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come.
The City's Because of Her, We Can! photobook captures the many First Nations women, their family, friends, colleagues and Community who came together to honour and celebrate them.
This is the first of its kind for the City of Greater Geelong and will form an important historical book for the years to come.