Jackie Huggins is an academic and writer from the Bidjara/Birri Gubba Juru nations. Born in Ayr, North Queensland, she grew up in a close-knit family in Brisbane nurtured by her strong mother Rita. Jackie has worked in academia, government and community spheres. She has published widely on Aboriginal issues and has served on numerous boards and inquiries such as Reconciliation, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Treaty Queensland. An advocate of combining oral and written history, Jackie’s passion has been to document our stories.