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October 2022

Tiddas, Mothers, Aunties: First Nations Matriarchies

7 Nov 2022, 08:00pm – 09:00pm

The Wheeler Centre, in partnership with Blak & Bright, presents Ali Cobby Eckermann, Dr Jackie Huggins and Dr Amy Thunig as they explore the central role of women, mothers and matriarchs in First Nations cultures, community and family networks.


This multigenerational panel event will offer insight and understanding of motherhood, parenting and the transmission of First Nations knowledge systems through relationships.

Ali Cobby Eckermann is a survivor of the Stolen Generations and the Windham Campbell Prize-winning author of memoir, poetry and verse novels, including Inside My Mother. Dr Jackie Huggins’ decades of work as an author, historian and academic have focused on First Nations identity, activism and the question of feminism’s relevance for Indigenous women. An education academic and frequent media commentator, Dr Amy Thunig’s forthcoming memoir Tell Me Again explores the shaping of identity amidst intergenerational trauma and poverty – and deep familial love.

For this wide-ranging conversation they join host Bridget Caldwell-Bright for an insightful conversation about the women they have known, loved and learned from; and the women that they are. This event will open with a Yarn Bomb from emerging Kamilaroi artist Emily Wells.