Welcome to Country
I am a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal woman whose family come from Cape Barren Island. I am passionate about educating my community and future generations about Country and cultural practices. I have been actively involved to improve recognition and outcomes across Tasmania for Aboriginal people of all ages, from all walks of life through many organisations and community positions.
I have extensive experience on Country - land, sky and sea - which was passed down to me by my Mother and Elders. I worked on Country as a child and adult and learnt the old ways of my people,
I have vast knowledge on the protection of Aboriginal heritage sites throughout Tasmania which includes practical experience when I lived and worked on Country at preminghana in North-West Tasmania.
Currently, I am an Executive Director and co-Chair of Reconciliation Tasmania. It is an independent, neutral and registered, 'not for profit' organisation established to provide a safe and friendly place where all Tasmanians can seek to be involved in reconciliation.
Through celebrating the story of Aboriginal survival, rich cultural traditions and land management that underpins Aboriginal people's long connection to Country, Tasmanians will be better informed in understanding and connecting with Tasmanian Aboriginals.
Read more about Reconciliation Tasmania here.
Reconciliation Tasmania co-chairwoman Fiona Hughes with Tasmanian Aboriginal dancers Jason Thomas and his son Tyane, 10, at Hadspen. Picture: CHRIS KIDD