The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has paid tribute to Ms Janet Inyika, a highly respected and influential Indigenous elder from the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Lands who recently passed away.
Minister Scullion said Ms Inyika worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those in her community and the wider Central Australian region.
“I remember fondly the time I spent with Ms Inyika – including at celebrations last October to mark the 10th anniversary of low aromatic fuel being introduced into Alice Springs,” Minister Scullion said.
“She was a passionate advocate for the introduction of low aromatic fuel – and the legacy of her successful campaign means many young Indigenous people in Central Australia are today living safe lives without the scourge of petrol sniffing.
“Ms Inyika was also a tireless campaigner against domestic violence, drugs and alcohol misuse in Central Australia.
“She was very well respected as a director and leader of the NPY Women’s Council for many years. She also served as a director of Desart and was a former member of Amata Community Council.
“Ms Inyika will also be remembered as an accomplished visual artist and her stories will be captured forever in her paintings, batik work and weaving. As a dancer, she joined more than 300 other Indigenous women who danced and delighted the world during the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympics.
“I extend my condolences to Ms Inyika’s family, the NPY Women’s Council and the broader Central Australian Indigenous community at this sad time.”