‘Ruby’s Story’: Marion Kickett

It’s hard to believe that it is over seven years ago since I launched Sharing Culture, an educational initiative to facilitate the healing of intergenerational trauma. It is also over seven years since Michael Liu and I went out with Professor Marion Kickett to her home country in York to film her describing her life, country, culture, spirituality, family, education and resilience. Marion is a Noongar leader from the Balardong language group, who is Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University in Perth.

From our filming of Marion, which was supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre at Curtin University, Michael and I created 12 short films which were arranged in three main sections on Sharing Culture:

One of the most powerful and moving of the short films is Ruby’s Story. Marion tells how Ruby was taken from her mother and trained as a domestic. What happened next was heart-breaking…

Marion Kickett shares the harrowing story of Ruby and describes how her early experiences impacted on her life. By forgiving people involved in these terrible events, Ruby started a healing process which led to her realising a dream. [Length 9’42”]

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