In the Media – National Indigenous Times

Nicola Butler joins the National Indigenous Times


One of Australia’s most recognised and respected young Aboriginal leaders, Nicola Butler has joined the National Indigenous Times as a news and feature writer.

Nicola joins a team of highly dedicated and committed Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians seeking to stand up for the rights of this country’s First Nations Peoples.

The Publisher of the National Indigenous Times, John Rowsthorne welcomed Nicola’s decision to join the publication.

“Nicola has earned a reputation as a true champion for the rights of Aboriginal and Islander (including the Torres Strait) Australians and we are delighted and grateful to have such a talented, committed person join our team,” Mr Rowsthorne said.

“Nicola is the first of a number of important appointments to the publication we expect to announce over time.

“One thing is certain we have great hopes and grand plans for Nicola because we believe she has so much to offer in creating a better world for Aboriginal and Islander Australians.”

Nicola will continue to be based in South Australia and her important and wonderful contribution to the Lateral Love movement will continue.

“The work with Lateral Love has turned into a true labour of love, as corny as that may sound. Even with all the heart ache and trauma we hear, see and experience daily as we attempt to bring these serious issues to the fore, it is a hard call to look at such violent acts and systemic maltreatment through lens of love, caring and sharing,” Nicola said.

“The most important thing to have come from all this is that I have been able to share a wonderful journey with the head of my family, William Brian Butler, my Uncle Brian. I can think of no better way to see his life’s work, all the collective pain and suffering he has seen over the past 60 years of struggle with our peoples, to be turned into positive potential by joining forces with the National Indigenous Times.

“A true voice for our peoples and the opportunity to provide encouragement and connection through writing about the issues that really matter on the ground, this is one important way we can help our children and grandchildren reach their full potential, it’s all about truth.”

Nicola’s work with the National Indigenous Times will be wide ranging and she will have the flexibility to identify and write on topics of her choice, this aspect in particular really motivates her about the prospect of writing for the National Indigenous Times.

“The National Indigenous Times is widely respected and recognised as a publication which stands up for Aboriginal and Islander peoples so it all fits for me. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to grow and develop in this role and continue to fight the battles for our people by contributing and doing my part to ensure the voices that need to be heard are in fact given the appropriate time and space for that to occur,” she said.

Nicola’s family descends from the Eastern Aranda and Luritja peoples of the Central Desert regions on her father’s side and Scottish, English, German and Swedish on her mother’s side. Her extended connections are to the Ngarrindjeri, Barngala and Kokatha through her partner and son and also the Adnyamathanha peoples with Uncle Vincent Coulthard playing a pivotal role in her direction and education into radio and media since the early 1990s.

“I draw my inspiration and strength from my partner, Andrew Davis, a Ngarrindjeri, Barngala and Kokatha man and member of the Stolen Generation. Together we share a delightful three year old son who is a proud Eastern Aranda, Luritja, Ngarrindjeri, Barngala, Kokatha, Scottish, English, German fulla with Swedish thrown in for good measure,” Nicola said.

“I guess that explains the white blonde curly head of hair on him and then we also have a beautiful 27 year old daughter and handsome sons 25, 23 and 11 that belong to Andrew from previous relationships – the perfect inspiration for us both to want to contribute to co-creating a society free from Lateral Violence and Racism!

“My father Randall Roy Butler, is the youngest son of eight children born to Emily Ann Butler (nee Gordon) and James Henry Butler (both deceased) of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and the youngest brother to William Brian Butler married to Doreen (deceased) and Elizabeth Butler, Stanley Winston Butler (deceased) married Jacqueline Sevallos, Elizabeth Margaret Butler (deceased) married Phillip Brewster, Yvonne Sonje Butler married Gary Hudson, Norma Joyce Butler married Clive Summers, Colin James Butler married Julie Gough (deceased) and Vincent Henry Butler married Sharon Stewart” Nicola said.

“My mother Suzanne Butler and her sister Judith Weetra (both nee Jackson) of Port Augusta in South Australia, married Aboriginal men and so my extended Aboriginal family emanates from my mother’s side as well.

“My mother is an amazing woman and her strength and courage have helped to keep me on the straight and narrow encouraging me to always do what I feel in right and follow my intuition.

“Between Andrew and myself like many others out there, we are related to half the country – well South Australia and the Northern Territory anyways. Both mum and my auntie are involved in Aboriginal media, I have been surrounded by it most of my life, that and the Aboriginal music industry, it has all very much contributed to my journey and where I am now.”

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