Meet the Stingray sisters

This campaign is about the Stingray Sisters documentary about a loving, passionate and vibrant family who oppose fracking projects threaten the landscape, the way of life, the culture and the survival of Indigenous communities throughout the region,
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One night in 1985, Helen Williams, a pregnant Kunibídji community leader from Maningrida in Arnhem Land, asked her partner, a white fella from Tasmania, to go fishing. She sent him out with some local men to see what they could find. Michael caught one stingray, then another, bringing back an impressive catch. That same evening Noni Eather was born. Noni, along with her younger sisters Alice and Grace, are the Stingray Sisters: young women whose lives are inextricably linked to the saltwater country of Arnhem Land. The three sisters spent their schooling years in Brisbane with their father, taking frequent trips back to Maningrida to spend time with their mother. On finishing school, the pull to return to their community was strong and all three sisters moved back. They are now poised to take up the mantle from their mother, as landowners and future leaders of Maningrida. “Alice, Grace and I have taken on responsibility in a lot of areas within the Maningrida community” says Noni. “Not so much through obligation, but because we have a voice in both worlds. It makes it easier for us to be able to express what a lot of people are feeling and thinking”.

In 2016, their role as leaders in Maningrida has never been more important as Arnhem Land is facing one of its biggest challenges. The Northern Territory government is pushing for exploration for offshore oil and gas. These fracking projects threaten the landscape, the way of life, the culture and the survival of Indigenous communities throughout the region. “I can fight for and speak for this country from Ndjúdda Point to the two islands. We are caretakers” says Alice. “I can’t imagine having oil rigs out there, roads coming in and out. That’s what I don’t want. That’s what mob here don’t want”.

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Stingray Sisters is produced by Melbourne-based documentary production company Yarn. It will be released online on August 9. Yarn is partnering with 1 Million Women to share this story about a loving, passionate and vibrant family. Noni, Alice and Grace Eather invite audiences into their world to shine a light on the joys and also the challenges facing Maningrida and Arnhem Land. This series is ultimately an uplifting family story that shows the lengths the Stingray Sisters will go to to protect their country and the people they love. Sign up to the Stingray Sisters mailing list to stay updated with the release.

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Group Leading this Campaign: 1 Million Women

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Campaign Ran From: 2016 to 2016

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Meet the Stingray sisters