NAIDOC Week 2021: Kyah Simon & Lydia Williams on ‘Heal Country’

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021 and its theme, ‘Heal Country,’ we sat down with Kyah Simon and Lydia Williams to talk about their connection to Country and how we can heal our nation together.

Proud Noongar woman, Lydia Williams, was born in Katanning, WA, but lived most of her childhood years in Kalgoorlie.

Spending her days going to school, hunting and learning how to live off the land, along with raising two kangaroos meant that Williams always had a deep connection to Country.

Lydia Williams and her kangaroos

“To me, Country is the place you grew up, the place you love and the place where your family is,” Williams said.

Simon, an Anaiwan woman, explains Country as a spiritual being, encompassing all that surrounds it.

“Country is a person, it’s the water we’re on, the land we’re on and it’s really important to stay connected,” she shared.

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