Raising flags to celebrate the efforts of Indigenous women fighting for social justice

The role of Indigenous women as activists, fighters for social justice and equality and also as mothers and grandmothers and more has finally been recognised.

“Because of Her, We Can! is the theme of national NAIDOC Week this week.

Young and older came together with community leaders outside the Orange City Council offices on Monday for a flagraising ceremony to honour the efforts of Indigenous women.

Orange NAIDOC Week committee chairperson Gerald Power said women’s involvement in establishing the Aboriginal Medical Service and other groups was inspirational.

“It was just an outstanding event and a great achievement,” he said.

“Every day and every week we should always acknowledge, Because of her we can!”

Deputy mayor Cr Joanne McRae said too often the efforts of these women were “invisible, unsung or diminished.

“These amazing women do it because they want a better life and better opportunities.

“We think about their achievements, their voices, their unwavering passions and strength.”

Due to our cold winter weather Orange’s official NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held later in the year.

They are on from October 26-November 3.