In this video: In July 2018, musician Jessie Lloyd and Australian sporting hero and politician Nova Peris OAM came together to discus the meaning of this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her, we can! As the first Indigenous Australian to win Olympic gold and the first Indigenous woman to be elected into federal parliament, Nova Peris has represented in more way than one. Hear her personal stories and experiences behind these inspiring achievements.

About Jessie Lloyd: Originally from the tropics of North Queensland, Jessie Lloyd is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician who performs a broad collection of Australian Indigenous songs. A vocalist, guitarist, bassist and ukulele player, Jessie earned her formal qualifications at Abmusic in Perth, WA in 2002. A musician, producer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd is a cultural practitioner of Indigenous music and is dedicated to the continuation of song traditions. Her mission is to produce, perform and progress Australian Indigenous music through innovative concepts, collaborative projects and cultural practice. Maintaining an authenticity that contributes to the rich diversity of Australian arts and its audiences, and working towards positive and progressive social opportunities, values and attitudes. Click here to read more.

About Nova Peris OAM: Nova was born and raised in Darwin and her mother, grandmother and grandfather are all members of the ‘Stolen Generations’ from respective missions on the Tiwi islands, Moola Bulla of the East Kimberley and Beagle Bay of the West Kimberley. She is a traditional owner/descendent of and identifies with the Kiga People of the East Kimberley, Yawuru People of the West Kimberley (Broome) and Muran People of West Arnhem land. Known to many Australians for her sporting achievements, she was the first Indigenous Australian as well as first Territorian, to win a Gold Medal. Nova played in the Australian Women’s Hockey team at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and became a double gold medalist in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. She is the only person ever to make back-to-back Olympic finals in two different sports. Nova has extensive community experience addressing Indigenous disadvantage, particularly in the Northern Territory. She helped deliver more than 100 health and education checks across communities Australia-wide and has worked to establish the innovative Nova Peris Girls Academy (NGPA) over the past three years, which focuses on keeping Aboriginal Girls’ engaged with education. She was first elected in 2013 and has become the first Indigenous Australian to be elected to the Commonwealth Parliament. Click here to read more.

Melbourne Recital Centre proudly stands on the land of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, and we acknowledge the powerful storytelling of a thousand generations who precede us.

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