Today Aunty Jean Carter had a yarn with Coota Girls about NAIDOC 2020

Traditional owners of current place of residence: Yuin People

A little bit about Aunty Jean:

Aunty Jean was taken to Cootamundra Domestic Training Home for Aboriginal Girls in 1943 aged 11 years old, with her sister aged 8 years.

Aunty Jean is a remarkable woman strongly engaged in community and advocating for her people, in particular Stolen Generations Survivors.

This year community members on Yuin Country – also known as Jervis Bay – decided to support Jervis Bay School for all NAIDOC celebrations and activities “for our future generations” Aunty Jean explained. Aunty Jeans involvement in the school spans 50 years of its 100 year existence. Aunty Jean advocates for the children in the school and her community and understands the importance of supporting them through the challenges they face. As part of these activities Aunty Jean took part in an interview today with her great-grandson Max, where she shared stories for NAIDOC, along with many other community members.

Aunty Jean is also spending her week connecting with families who are trying to reconnect with mob from the area.

This week during NAIDOC Aunty Jean also continues the fight (with the committee she is a part of) with developers who are planning to demolish and build on a burial site in her local area. The area is not only thought to be an Aboriginal burial ground, but 140-150year old trees are also set to be torn down.

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