‘Because of her’: Wollongong Catholic students make NAIDOC Week video

NAIDOC WEEK VIDEO: St John's Catholic Parish Primary School students Zoe McMurtrie, Kaylee Marsh, Shaun Winn and Emily Holingsworth. Picture: Robert Peet
NAIDOC WEEK VIDEO: St John's Catholic Parish Primary School students Zoe McMurtrie, Kaylee Marsh, Shaun Winn and Emily Holingsworth. Picture: Robert Peet

A student-led video has been released highlighting the significant contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW).

Almost 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from seven of the Wollongong diocese’s schools contributed to making the video.

Participants included Preston Wall, Zoe McMurtrie, Kaylee Marsh, Emily Hollingsworth and Shaun Winn from St John's Catholic Parish Primary School in Dapto.

CEDoW director Peter Turner paid his respects “to the many wonderful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the Wollongong diocese.

“This year’s powerful NAIDOC Week theme - Because of her, we can! - certainly applies to them,” Mr Turner said.

He said NAIDOC Week (July 8-15) was the important week where Australians come together to celebrate the history, story, culture and the gifts of our Aboroginal and Toress Strait Islander people.

“In particular this year we come together to celebrate the women behind those stories. Those very significant women who brought us to where we are today,” Mr Turner said.

“We still have much to do to close the gap, to bring about justice, to bring about healing and to do something about the wrongs of the past.

“To all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in our communities, I say to you, because of you, you will.

“Thank you for all that you do to make our schools such rich places and I wish everyone a meaningful and joy filled celebration on NAIDOC Week.”