Candace Kruger is a Yugambeh yarabilgingan (songwoman), music educator, composer, author and a proud Kombumerri and Ngughi Aboriginal woman. As part of National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June), Candace Kruger yarns with Gman on 3KND about her research and involvement in keeping Indigenous language alive through song.
She completed her doctoral study investigating the fields of Indigenous musicology, Indigenous studies and Anthropology.
Candace's research captures the songwoman's work, contributes to the development of Indigenous methodologies, and demonstrates one way in which an Aboriginal community are reconstructing Aboriginal knowledge for sustainability and legacy outcomes. Candace is also the founder and director of the Yugambeh Youth Choir of which we are proud supporters and have worked closely on multiple projects including the AMEB Online Orchestra in 2018 and 2019. The AMEB Federal Office is currently developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to formalise their commitment to reconciliation.