Yaama Aunty Isabel!

Can you tell us the Traditional Owners of your current place of residence? Wiradjuri

Aunty Isabel, Wiradjuri Elder and Stolen Generations Survivor was taken to Cootamundra Domestic Training Home for Aboriginal Girls after being stolen on her way home from school, with her sister and brother.

Once Aunty returned to Country after her time in the Home, she studied at TAFE. Getting an education was important to her, she was deprived of the right to an education while living in the Home.

Aunty Isabels’ dedication and leadership has been instrumental in paving the way to a better future for Stolen Generations Survivors and their families.

Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

NAIDOC week is important to Aunty Isabel “it is always good celebrating NAIDOC” she says. This NAIDOC is especially important for Aunty Isabel – as she has just been named NSW Senior Australian of the Year 2021. As Aunty Isabel reflects “my award came at a good time with it being NAIDOC week, at least we are getting recognised! I am over the moon!”

We would like to congratulate Aunty Isabel on her award – for being such an incredible woman and advocate for First Nations people, particularly Stolen Generations Survivors, their families and communities.

Aunty Isabel Reid