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Key Points for Eva Jo Edwards
- Eva Jo Edwards, Boonwurrung, Mutti Mutti / Yorta Yorta woman, has spent much of her adult life rediscovering and engaging again in the culture she lost as a child.
- At the age of 5 Eva Jo was taken from her family and spent the rest of her childhood in State care. Eva Jo’s tenacity has seen her become a cultural educator who employs performance, public speaking and administrative and teaching skills in her diverse working life.
- Eva Jo was driven to incorporate Aboriginal culture into the lives of her family and formed the dance troupe Birri-on Lakidjeka, meaning ‘turning the children around’.
- Along with her cousin/uncle Kutcha Edwards, Eva Jo conducted workshops called Banyip Kidjeka, meaning ‘brother/sister, exploring issues relating to the Stolen Generations with programs for primary and secondary schools running for the past 20 years. Banyip Kidjeka led to individual invitations for Eva Jo to speak and she is now regularly employed as a guest speaker in both the education and corporate sectors.
- Eva Jo also offers Aboriginal cultural sessions at schools, libraries and festivals and most recently has been presenting Aboriginal Story Time which relates historical issues since white settlement and some of the funniest and most popular of the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories for children, often with a hidden message of humanity.
- Eva Jo travelled to Canberra for The Apology on February 13th of 2008. She had a seat in Parliament and was awash with the tide of emotion that had swamped the place. Later she met the Prime Minister and in her usual spontaneous and jovial style lifted her jumper, flashing style, to reveal the words on her t-shirt underneath, ‘thanks’, in response to his ‘sorry’.
- As a member of the Stolen Generations, Eva Jo has been actively involved in the reconciliation process and has been employed in many vital areas of work including the Justice System, Aboriginal Child Health Services, Link Up, with Stolen Generations Victoria, the Koorie Night Markets and Project Co-ordinator at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service Minajalku Healing Centre.
- She currently works with Connecting Home, an organisation who attempt to connect Stolen Generations people with their families, and is also working alongside the State Govt on issues relating to the Stolen Generations.
Topics for Eva Jo Edwards
- The Stolen Generations and the impact
- Treaty and reconciliation
- Eva Jo's personal journey as a member of the Stolen Generations
Testimonials for Eva Jo Edwards
Eva Jo was very generous with sharing her story, thoughts and knowledge.
Eva Jo Edwards was so different from other presenters because she is authentically who she is, raw, emotional, open and charming. She delivered a presentation using real experiences, emotions and ways that we can relate and understand. It was a pleasure to welcome her to present to our team.
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