Henrietta Marrie

My name is Henrietta Marrie. I am a Gimuy Yidinji woman of Cairns, born and raised in Yarrabah.

After completing a Masters in Environmental and Local Government Law at Macquarie University, I was appointed as a senior professional officer with the United Nations and was the first Aboriginal Australian to be appointed to a full-time professional role.

I went on to become the North Australian Program Manager overseeing nearly $30 million in grants to promote and encourage Indigenous biological and cultural diversity across the northern regions of Australia.

In 2012, I started with the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies Traditional Knowledge Initiative.

I want to encourage all Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people to aim high. It's important to have a voice and be passionate about what you believe in.

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