Because of Her We Can: Lynda-June Coe

Throughout the next few days, over NAIDOC week celebrations, I will be posting a series of photographs of just some of the Aboriginal and Islander women who I admire and respect, who I have photographed over the years, and who epitomize this year's NAIDOC motto, 'Because of Her We Can'.

Today, I am posting a portrait of Lynda-June Coe, a Wiradjuri and Torres Strait Islander woman from Erambie, Cowra NSW. Lynda is at the forefront of a wave of young, powerful Aboriginal women activists demanding justice and rights for Aboriginal peoples. She is a representative of FISTT, Fighting in Solidarity Towards Treaties.

Lynda is pictured below outside the studios of Channel 7 protesting against the Sunrise program, which broadcast views arguing for the removal of Aboriginal children from their families - in effect, a second stolen generation. The Sunrise program is currently being investigated by the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA).

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