On Sunday 8 July the ecumenical churches of the Hunter region came together at Christ Church Cathedral for NAIDOC Week to recognise and celebrate the remarkable women shaping our communities.

The service involving the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches was led by Anglican Reverend Di Langham and began with a smoking ceremony and a dance performance from Hunter school girls.

Aunty Brenda Mathews

The Rev’d Di Langham

Special guest speaker, Aunty Brenda Mathews, shared her remarkable and motivating story of being stolen from her Aboriginal family five years after the NSW Government changed its official policy.

The service recognised the NAIDOC Week theme for 2018 – Because of her, we can! As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.


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