Because of Her, We Can! NAIDOC Week 2018
Published: 
9 July 2018

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme Because of Her, We Can! recognises the active and significant role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - at the community, local, state and national levels.

As leaders, innovators, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried our dreaming stories, song lines, languages and knowledge – they are also innovators leading change and inspiring the next generation of Indigenous digital makers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Terri Janke

Solicitor Director, Terri Janke and Company

Terri Janke set up her law firm in 2000 with a view to providing advice to Indigenous Australians about intellectual property (IP) and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property such as songs, stories and knowledge that have been handed down through the generations. They provide advice on how existing IP can assist Indigenous people create and innovate as well as promote cultural protocols as tool for commercial engagement.

Mikaela Jade

Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO, InDigital 

Mikaela Jade is a proud Cabrogal woman and entrepreneur who was a delegate to the United Nations Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues. Her startup, InDigital, uses drones, 4D mapping software, image recognition technology and cultural law to bring the world’s cultural sites alive through augmented reality.

Julie-Ann Lambourne

CEO, enVizion

Julie-Ann Lambourne is a Torres Strait Islander woman descending from Mabiaug and Darnley Island. Motivated by her commitment to delivering better and more creative programs, enVizion’s Virtual Reality Experience Project (VREP) provides a safe, state of the art mobile facility which can be taken to all areas across Australia including remote locations delivering cutting edge virtual reality experience.

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