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Social Justice and Human Rights Issues:
A Global Perspective

Gail Mabo

Gail Mabo

Welcome. My name is Gail Mabo. I am the daughter of Eddie Koiki Mabo who was a political activist, land rights campaigner and father.

I am the fourth child of Edward and Boneta Mabo. I was born in Townsville. Queensland but my family comes from Mer (Murray Island) in the Torres Strait. We are from the Paidram Clan and our totem is the shark.

On leaving high school I joined the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre from 1984 to 1987. I have appeared in short films and plays such as Jack Davis No Sugar and Jimmy Chis Bran Nue Dae.

My father inspired me to dance and encouraged me to share our culture with all Australians. He was my role model. Through his strength and determination he taught me to be a stronger person and to stand up for what I believe in.

Today I work in schools and communities throughout New South Wales teaching dance and acting as a cultural adviser.

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