My name is Norma Ingram and I’m a proud Wiradjuri woman. I grew up in Redfern, it was tough but we got by. I went to my local public school and as the only Indigenous kid in my class I remember sitting up the back and hoping no-one would notice me because I was so shy. Things were different back then but in 1985 I made history and graduated from Harvard with a Masters of Education.
Standing up for what’s right has always been important to me. I fought to open the National Aboriginal College and started the Lions Club in Redfern. I also started Murawina, the first fully run Aboriginal full day care early childcare program in Redfern.
I feel like I’ve come so far from the little girl who sat at the back of the classroom, but every day things get harder for people like me. Rent goes up, bills get more expensive, Uni and TAFE get more out of reach and our income stays the same. Thats why I will: