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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lecture tribute to a visionary

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

AN historic lecture commemorating the work of Aboriginal visionary Hyllus Maris has been relaunched at La Trobe University.

The Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture was launched in 1999 in honour of the Yorta Yorta woman, writer and poet, whose achievements in education include the establishment of Victoria’s only Aboriginal school, Worawa Aboriginal College.

La Trobe’s Professor Mark Rose said the lecture, to be held on March 8, is being restarted as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

“This will be the first time the lecture will be held in a decade. This year we are relaunching it as a reflection of our commitment to Indigenous voices in higher education,” Prof Rose said.

“This lecture is not only a celebration of this incredible woman’s life, but the impact of education on the lives of Indigenous people.” Guest speaker Wiradjuri author Dr Anita Heiss will talk about the role of education in self-determination for Aboriginal Australians, particularly the young women who follow in the footsteps of Hyllus Maris.

“This lecture allows me to pay respect to the educational trailblazer that Hyllus Maris was,” she said.

“Students at Worawa College are a daily reminder of her legacy and what we should all be grateful for.

” Previous speakers have included social justice campaigner Dr Tom Calma, and leading educator Dr Chris Sarra.

The lecture will begin with a procession of Indigenous academics, led by live traditional music. A special performance by 2016 X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace will follow. Hyllus Maris’ family clan is also expected to be represented at the lecture.

Hyllus’ sister Lois Peeler – a member of The Sapphires, a political activist and educator – will MC the event. Her niece, Tanya Peeler, has been instrumental in organising the lecture, including performances by Yorta Yorta artists.

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Visionary Hyllus Maris

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sporting scholarships improving wellbeing

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

TWO Perth-based women have the chance to improve the health and wellbeing of their mob as recipients of scholarships from national health promotion charity Bluearth.

The recipients, Georgia King and Annette Morrison, will receive accredited Certificate IV Fitness Training, mentoring and support at North Metro TAFE in Perth. Once they have completed their studies, they will design and run fitness programs for members of Yok Djakoorliny, a health and wellbeing group for Noongar and other Aboriginal women and their friends.

As a Noongar and Yamtaji girl, the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal women is very important to me,” Ms Morrison said. “I love sport and I love my culture very much. With this scholarship, I will work so hard to improve the health of the women around me.”

Ms King said receiving the scholarship will help her realise her desire to work in the health field.

My family has been actively engaged in improving the health of the Aboriginal community,” she said. “Consequently, I’m extremely passionate about working with other Aboriginal women, and to help improve their health and wellbeing.”

Bluearth chief executive Wendy Gillett said the scholarships, established in partnership with the WA Department of Sport and Recreation and Yok Djakoorliny, aim to empower Aboriginal women to take action to address growing levels of chronic disease.

The scholarships also recognise the important role women already play in improving community health and wellbeing,” she said.

Scholarship recipients and Blueearth staff: from left, Georgia King, Carol Brewster Michie (Yok Djakoorlinuy), Wendy Gillet (Blueearth CEO), Anette Morrison, Jenni Curtis (Yok Djakoorlinuy)

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