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NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and our nation. On Wednesday 25th July 2018, YARN Australia will celebrate the stories of the Quinlan Sisters Elva Taylor and Pat Dixon.

Elva Taylor was a strong Aboriginal community organiser passionate about community, health and youth development, who advocated for Aboriginal community controlled organisations and to build the capacity of the community to access culturally appropriate services.

Pat Dixon was the first Aboriginal woman elected to local government in NSW, holding the positions of Deputy Mayor of Armidale City Council; Aboriginal Policy Officer with the Department of Local Government and Corporate Services; and Member of the Australian Local Government Association.

"My grandmother Elva Taylor played a significant role in my life, raising me to understand why having a good education is important; to never forget where I came from; to be proud of who I am; and to stand tall. Through her encouragement, support, and guidance I am able to be confident, passionate and empathetic in achieving my goals and aspirations. Also, having worked in local government I can reflect on my experience and note the achievements of my grandmother's sister Pat Dixon in ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices were heard at a local level on issues our communities cared about by having a seat at the decision makers table. Both women have achieved much for us, and it is through their hard work and determination that ‘we can’.” Warren Roberts YARN Australia CEO & Founder

Come along to hear the family and friends of these two sisters share their stories that provide an insight into their passions and what gave them the drive to better the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

MELBOURNE - Sunday 26th August 2018

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YARN Australia Narrm (Melbourne) Showcase on Sunday 26th August 2018 from 4pm - 7pm. 

We look forward to continuing our conversation with the Melbourne community in our vision to build connection and unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Non-Indigenous Australians. Come to take part in the conversation at Merring Studio, 340 Separation St Northcote Vic 3070.

Join us for a special evening of conversation, storytelling, food, music and an exhibition by local First Nations artists. This will be a safe and respectful space where people can share stories and celebrate their culture. 

* Please bring a cushion to sit on. There will be seating available for special guests and elders. Apologies, there is no wheelchair access. *

We have limited tickets available so be sure to note your RSVP names when purchasing tickets online at our website. 

Thank you for your support.