Rhian Miller, AIME Associate Designer
The NAIDOC 2020 theme “Always Was, Always Will Be” to me is about celebrating all of us, as human beings coming together to learn, share and celebrate the oldest continuing culture on the planet and for us all, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.
This year, to celebrate my family's heritage I wanted to share a brief history of the Miller family and the establishment of Yarilena, the homelands I was fortunate enough to be raised on.
I’m incredibly humbled to have been able to learn about my family's identity during NAIDOC this year, to be able to reflect on our resilience and what it means to truly know who we are and where we come from.
Taryn Marks, AIME General Manager
In line with the NAIDOC Week 2020 theme Always Was, Always Will Be, I write this recognising the Wathaurong/Wadda Wurrung peoples where I live, and am grateful to the Elders and the community here for keeping my family and I safe on Country, for gifting stories that keep us connected and grounded in our cultures and languages.
Stories matter, the ones told for us and the ones we tell about ourselves. We mentor kids so they have the power of writing and re-writing their own stories. We also hope to share stories with others and inspire the possibilities of creating a fairer world.