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Editorial UNSW Law’s Inaugural Mooting Competition of Australia’s First People Professor Nakata celebrates students’ success Leadership and the Law Marie Munkara in Conversations with Anne Brewster Nura Gili Staff Profile: Leearna Williams UNSW Foundation Indigenous Scholarship Dinner UNSW Business School Nura Gili Strength Cards Congratulations Jessica Clark Gili Award Winner Indigenous Science and Engineering Program Tharunka National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games UNSW Open Day @ Nura Gili Ewer Meta Artists Walama Muru Trivia Night UNSW Indigenous Award Night & Nura Gili’s 10th Year Anniversary Celebrations UNSW Indigenous Admission Scheme & UNSW Indigenous Pre Programs
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This issue celebrates the many successful platforms provided through Nura Gili’s leadership, staff, students and alumni in partnership with UNSW Faculties and facilities. Our leading stories share the depth of success and calibre of our Indigenous law students in the inaugural UNSW Law’s Mooting Competition of Australia’s First Peoples. Nura Gili is a thriving community and place of learning across the board. In the last few weeks we’ve seen many great workshops, events and programs held here at Nura Gili, with more to come, a number of which we highlight in this issue. For those of you considering coming to study here at UNSW next year now is the time to be applying and getting in touch with your enquires with both UNSW Indigenous Admissions Schemes and UNSW Indigenous Pre Programs applications now open – see page 28 and our Nura Gili Website nuragili.unsw.edu.au for more details and remember everyone at Nura Gili has your interest at heart and will do the upmost to support you and answer all your enquiries now and in the future. It was great to see many students and friends at our Semester Two student BBQ. We look forward to celebrating again at our official 10th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, 24 October 2014 at our UNSW Indigenous Awards Night- see page 26 for further details and how to purchase your tickets. Rebecca Harcourt, Editor
Nura Gili’s Scott Parlett getting ready to cut the anniversary cake with Nura Gili’s Ben Kelley
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I Kate Sinclair and Bridget Cama receiving their trophies from Judge Myers
For the twelve contestants it all began with an email, and then a few more emails, alerting us to a brand new competition being initiated for Indigenous law students to try their hand at mooting. Mooting is an Old English term meaning to meet and discuss. Today, it describes an event where law students are provided with a legal problem which they then have to solve, presenting their arguments to a judge in a court case, first in writing and then orally. UNSW’s Inaugural Mooting Competition of Australia’s First People involved several stages. First, a workshop was held in order to provide the contestants with some training, most of whom had never mooted before. The next day we were provided with the problem question ready for us to research and decipher. The problem involved the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), in particularly focusing on sections 18C and 18D. These sections concern ‘Offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin’ and the possible exemptions to the behaviour in question. In our respective teams we had to research and strategically build an argument for and against the plaintiff. The process of preparing for a moot is long and challenging, especially preparing the written submissions. The written submissions were split between each teammate and were due on Monday night. The mooting heats commenced on Tuesday night. After the submissions are entered there is very little leeway for improving your argument. Therefore, Monday night was crunch time and the pressure was on. Mooting is very much a team effort, but sometimes making time to meet with your teammate is near impossible, as was in my case. Both my partner, Emma Hudson-Buhagiar, and I were very busy and were only able to meet once before the moot! However, thanks to Google documents, email and Facebook we maintained contact throughout the entire process. After the submissions were in, the competition was far from over. Next we had to write our oral submissions and memorize them. The oral submissions were slightly different to our written submissions because they have to be more persuasive and less complex. Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 4
It was not long until the moment of truth came. The submissions were prepared and virtually memorized. It was time for the mooting to really begin! The nerves were outrageous, not knowing what to expect from each judge. The judges ranged from senior law student Mooters to Law academics and practising barristers. The final was judged by His Honour Judge Matthew Myers, Australia’s first Indigenous federal judicial officer and a UNSW law graduate. Coincidently, each judge was completely different. Some would ask tricky questions and create a conversation about the case, ensuring that we actually knew what we were talking about. Others allowed us to present our case as they sat in silence, which was no more comforting than the question-askers. Nevertheless, each moot was fantastic fun and a wonderful experience. I was able to take away a lot from the competition. The judges gave great feedback; sometimes building our confidence and other times acknowledging the areas that we could improve on. This feedback was invaluable for those wishing to continue mooting and generally for improving our technique for solving problem questions. Following the final moot, Judge Myers and Professor Megan Davis presented moving speeches about their careers in law. They were inspirational! They provided unique and differing perspectives on what the law means to them and why they love what they do. It enlightened me as to the variety of options we Indigenous law students have during and after our law degree. Their speeches have truly given me food for thought. After the competition and each moot I was on a high. I thoroughly enjoyed creating and presenting a case. The experience has not only persuaded me to consider a career in legal advocacy but has also given me confidence to believe that I can be an advocate. I would like to thank all those involved in the UNSW’s Inaugural Mooting Competition of Australia’s First People. It was an experience that I will never forget. By Kate Sinclair
Emma Hudson-Buhagiar, Kate Sinclair , Professor David Dixon (Dean, UNSW Law) and the other finalists Tamara Kenny and Bridget Cama (runner up)
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Mooting participants present at the final to receive their participation certificates L-R Dayne Syron, Jonathon Captain-Webb, Tyson Beckman, Bridget Cama, Ganur Maynard, Judge Matthew Myers Kate Sinclair, Ben Dennison, Danielle Hobday, Emma Hudson-Buhagiar, Tamara Kenny
I attended the UNSW Indigenous Mooting competition at the Faculty of Law, which took place over two evenings. I am told it is the first of its kind in Australia In a Moot Court, students present a case in front of a judge and are engaged in ways to clarify their arguments on issues of law, language and reasoning as they present their submissions. These debates are adjudicated by volunteers from the legal fraternity including members Australiaâ€™s first Indigenous lawyer appointed to a Federal Court, Matthew Myers. The process is an exercise for students to develop their preparation and presentation of an argument in the legal profession. It forces them to think, and speak on their feet as they defend their case. Itâ€™s an opportunity for students to sharpen their legal minds and develop the art of legal argument. As you can well imagine, Mooting is a testing event. The Indigenous competition provides competitive mooting practice in the relative safety of studentsâ€™ Indigenous peers to raise their confidence in the broader student arena. Sixteen Indigenous students participated, culminating in a Final on the second night. Debate centred on the tensions between freedom of speech and racial discrimination law, a very topical subject. The two finalists were first year students, Kate Sinclair and Bridget Carma. In a conversation afterwards Kate remarked that she was very appreciative of the opportunity to put some of her classroom learning into practice. For Dayne Syron, the constructive engagement and feedback from the judges instilled in him a renewed sense of confidence about his studies generally. I have had many experiences of being proud and impressed by our Indigenous students on campus but I have to say these students, every one of them and throughout the run-up trial sessions, absolutely blew me away. The experience was a reminder of what can be achieved if our educational premise is a belief in Indigenous capacity and if we carry this through to high expectations of students and a strong commitment to support them where indicated. The Indigenous Mooting competition is an example of all three elements working together. Not only was the capacity of Indigenous students in abundant evidence so too were the high expectations and commitments of their Faculty of Law and the legal fraternity to provide this additional educational opportunity. No soft patronisation in sight! No Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 6
excuses from students! Each supporting the other! Everybody giving up their precious spare time, including two Silks at the finals! Watching these students this week, I was inspired and moved to write this article tonight. The most exciting thing was to witness how the method – testing student’s arguments – worked as a process for students to learn more about their use of the Law, language and logic to reason and wield legal argument. They learnt that not only is their task to know the Law and construct an argument but their argument, and thus their preparation, must anticipate how others might debate and pick apart any weaknesses. This is the learning of a ‘discipline’ which although confined to Law in this instance, is transferable to other contexts. Clarity and accuracy in our use of concepts, language and reasoning is sorely needed in all areas of debate within Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Affairs and life more generally. We could all learn from watching and listening to these students; I know I have these past few days. For me, this is a good example of an instance when the older Indigenous generations should accord our younger generations due respect, and not just demand it of them to us. Thanks to all of you for the privilege of watching you and giving me a better appreciation of your capacities and commitment to your studies. And thanks to all those others who helped to make it happen. Teela Reid and Jeni Engel among the many, thank you for driving and organising this student initiative. Your goodwill and investment in our students makes a real difference. What you contribute to their educational experience is recognised and appreciated. By Professor Martin Nakata B.Ed Hons PhD Director of Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit
Above Jeni Engel & Teela Reid
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Professor Megan Davis shares her leadership and thoughts on Leadership and the Law at UNSW Law’s Inaugural Mooting Competition of Australia’s First People I think Leadership and the Law is a very appropriate theme given the leadership demonstrated by you - as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students - in organising & participating in the inaugural mooting competition of Australia’s First Peoples. The initiative you have displayed in conceiving of and organising this mooting competition is the kind of initiative that will serve you well as you graduate and enter the workforce. In addition the courage to participate, develop advocacy skills and subject oneself to an adversarial, competitive process is equally admirable. Some of you will practice in corporate law, others in the public sector and others as sole practitioners or as barristers. Some may choose to practice in the community legal sector including Aboriginal legal services. The skills you have honed and displayed over the past few days:
Legal Research Building an argument Written submissions Oral argument
- are skills that will not only hold you in good stead professionally in terms of your career but also the journey you will embark on as leaders in your community. Each and every one of you are here because you identify as First Nations and are proud First Nations people. Each and every one of you has a story as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person; a connection to country, a territorial affiliation, an identity. Regardless of the disruption to our culture through successive and destructive government law and policy such as relocation; those cultural, territorial, family and political affiliations remain. And we as Indigenous lawyers have a responsibility no matter where we choose to work to give back to that community. One way might be, as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers do, is to publish in the Indigenous Law Bulletin which is one of the few avenues for Indigenous lawyers to give back; to contribute to the legal education of our mob. For over 33 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers from the corporate sector, public sector & community sector have written for the Bulletin to communicate to our community changes in law & policy in relation to: consumer laws, criminal laws, superannuation, native title, land law, intellectual property law. As well as important unfinished business with the state including but not limited recovery of Stolen Wages and compensation for Stolen Generations. Some of these lawyers are graduates of UNSW Law including Professor Larissa Behrendt, Terri Janke, Robynne Quiggin and Nathan Tyson and others lawyers who graduated from around Australia including Professor Mick Dodson, Heron Loban, Eddie Cubillo, Nicole Watson, Dr Hannah McGlade and Noel Pearson. So this is where I wanted to use this brief opportunity as a call to arms to you as First Nations students of the law mastering the art of persuasion. For almost a decade now law schools have proudly produced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples graduates who have gone on to work in the corporate and public sector. Indeed talking to many Indigenous students there is almost an aversion to working in the Aboriginal legal sector for fear of being viewed as clichéd; an Aboriginal lawyer, crusader fighting for the rights of his people.
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Yet although unremarkable in most other common law jurisdictions including Canada, New Zealand and the United States and other comparable liberal democracies: Norway, Finland and Sweden; distinct cultural rights, treaties or other agreements or constructive arrangements or designated parliamentary seats is regarded as radical in the Australian polity. And my fear is that we have internalised that conservatism as lawyers; influenced as well are by the dominant polity. I know I had. Until I travelled for five months around regional and remote and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as a part of the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution: where the number one topic of conversation was – disadvantage aside – sovereignty and treaty. In Australia today we have 3 Indigenous law academics in Law Faculties: THREE. One thing we are lacking is not lawyers in the corporate sector or public sector but in academia. And it is a real problem. In the drafting of a constitutional referendum we have one lawyer, me. Why does this matter? What does this mean? Why does it matter that we don’t have enough Aboriginal lawyers who are knowledgeable and engaged in Public Law. Public Law does 3 things: 1. Establishes lines of power in our society (such as who can do what to whom); 2. Establishes relationships and legitimacy of people and organisations; and 3. Provides recognition and a set of national aspirations. Each of these things has a profound effect over the longer term on people's lives and our direction as a nation. Aboriginal people - Aboriginal lawyers - need to help shape those things, for better outcomes for the communities, need to be part of this debate. Fundamentally, public law is about the power of those who govern, over the governed. Unfortunately, our history shows how this has gone awry for aboriginal people on too many occasions, and so engaging with our system of public law can lead to a more just outcome. And as we move closer to a possible referendum it looks very likely that again, aboriginal people will get a confected political arrangement – a raw deal – or as Dr Charles Perkins used to say “crumbs off the table of White Australia” & partly because we are not across the detail. Recently the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution visited Halls Creek, Broome, Fitzroy Crossing to seek the views of the community about their interim report which included models of recognition that depart from the recommendations of the Expert Panel. The response of communities across the board was that there was low literacy and virtually no civics knowledge let alone an appreciation of what the constitutional amendments were that the Committee were seeking. Communities asked the Committee; who is coming here to explain this to us? Who is going to come here and sit down with us and explain what is going on? And I reflect on that as Qantas announces today that its planes will carry a large red “R” supporting the Recognise campaign. Non-Indigenous Australia may be jumping on board but who will explain to our impoverished, illiterate and incarcerated people what Recognition means? There is an obligation as First Nations lawyers to use your legal skills, advocacy skills and essentially, the opportunities that many of our leaders fought for - access to & equality of education - to explain to the rest of the community & our elders why law matters, what changes are afoot, how law affects our mob. Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 9
If we have no lawyers engaging with or understanding the intricacies of Public Law – especially the Constitution - we are disengaged in a way that does a great disservice to the great lawyers who have come before us Michael Mansell, Mick Dodson, Noel Pearson, Larissa Behrendt. You do not have to be in academia but I do urge you all to reflect on the theme of Leadership in the Law. The leadership you can take in this very important area of law – public law - that defines how we are governed as peoples is urgent. I know of one indigenous law graduate at a Sydney law firm that was able to combine corporate law with work at the National Congress and do important research into sovereignty and other matters. I think that each and every one of you have learned some new skills or further improved already existing innate talents for writing or advocacy that I do hope you, after tonight, consider utilising in an area of law that desperately requires a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate. When I talk of Indigenous rights I don’t mean citizenship rights – rights we should have anyway by virtue of our citizenship rights – but rights that are inherent because of who we are as First Nations peoples. Take this as a Call to Arms. I urge you to consider academia or if not, to nurture a serious interest and mastery of our issues in Public Law; especially our Constitution. And that means you continue to do what you have done here and that is to master the Law and the great Art of Persuasion.
Professor Megan Davis, Director - ILC BA (Australian History), LLB (UQ); LLM (International Law), GDLP, PhD (Law) (ANU) Faculty of Law, UNSW
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To those of you who were with us for the UNSWriting event with Marie Munkara earlier this week, thank you for making it such a wonderful evening. Marie lit up the room with her engaging stories, and positive outlook on life and writing.
If you couldn't make it, or would like to relive the conversation, you can now listen to a recording on the School of the Arts and Media (SAM) website. This includes a brief introduction by the convenor for English, Creative Writing and Film in SAM, Associate Professor Elizabeth McMahon, followed by the discussion between Marie Munkara and Associate Professor Anne Brewster. We've also included the Q&A session with our audience which proved both insightful and entertaining. Your comments on UNSWriting events are always welcome. Please email email@example.com
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Workshop with Marie Munkara “An Accidental Author “ Nura Gili UNSW Australia Tuesday Sept 2nd 2014 The compelling three hour workshop with the enigmatic Marie Munkara provided students and staff an opportunity to share and delve into our own callings, experiences and desires to write across many eclectic styles including memoir, theatre, journalism, poetry and science. Storytelling is the heart of how Marie engaged with us as a group and invited everyone to share and hone into our own journey and embrace our gifts and practice. Openly sharing her journey and practice as “An Accidental Author” Marie revealed much of herself with poise, humour creating an incredibly safe an inspiring space for us to share. One writing exercise where began with the same line As I lay starfish shaped on my bed I thought .. provided a tremendous array of writing and revealed an essence of our many different individual styles. Rebecca Harcourt Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 12
I thought of what it would be like to be a starfish. The way starfish move with their tubular feet. And… How easy eating would become, as starfish can throw their stomachs over their food and dissolve it. Gross! Though, it is pretty interesting to look at how other individual’s experiences different things. For instances, does dissolved food taste different? Or … If starfish had to chew their food How would the experience affect them? Kataya Barrett Nura Gili’s Kataya Barrett is currently studying Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Marine Science and Environmental Humanities and working at Taronga Zoo
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As the eldest of your siblings and one in a strong family line of many generations of strong Bundjalung women & men, who were your role models growing up? My role models were my parents. They raised seven kids while getting an education and working full time to support us. They encouraged us to pursue our passions, work hard and to go out and explore the world. They inspired me to want to leave my mark in this world. Is there a memory from your own childhood that stands out for you ? My greatest memories growing up were playing sports with my girls. We played netball, basketball and softball together from local level through to state level. It was great being able to spend nearly every weekend of the year with them doing something we all loved. We were undefeatable as well; everyone was scared to play us. As Nura Gili’s Student Recruitment Officer can you share some insights into your role and also the various programs you lead and/are involved in? My core role is to recruit Indigenous students for UNSW and Nura Gili programs and to raise the profile of Nura Gili activities in the community; through coordinating campus tours, school visits, TAFE visits, careers expo's, recruitment events, coordinating and assisting in the running of Nura Gili programs and many more. I also coordinate the marketing and advertising of Nura Gili programs. One of the best parts of my role is being involved in the great programs we run. These include targeted programs for high school students such as ‘Science and Engineering’, Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day’, ‘Sydney Schools Program’, ‘UNSW Indigenous Winter School’ amongst others. The most important part of my role is to inspire our next generation of Indigenous leaders to believe in their ability to be anything they want to be and to not let anybody define who they should be. What are some of the highlights? Meeting the next generation of Indigenous leaders is the biggest highlight of my role. Each time I visit a school and meet the students at our programs, I get blown away by how amazing and talented they all are. So many of them know exactly what they want to do and what they have to do to get there. They want to change the world and I know every single one of them will. What advice would you give to current t high school and TAFE students thinking about coming to study at university? The best advice I can give is to THINK about what you want to study, RESEARCH as much as you can about what you want to study and TALK to people who work in that profession, to your teachers, to your family, to people who studied or are currently studying in that area. THINK, RESEARCH, TALK will allow you to start mapping out what you need to do to prepare yourself for university studies.
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If you don’t have the ATAR to get into the course your want to get into, that doesn’t mean university is not accessible for you. So don’t give up because there are programs available to allow you to gain access to what you want to study. Whilst you’re at school, work hard, study hard, play hard and always believe in your ability to get the best results possible. You have an endless pool of possibilities awaiting you when you finish school so don’t be afraid to DREAM BIG. What does Nura Gili mean for you? To me Nura Gili means family, community and support. Moving from the country to the big city and away from my family was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make and this is the same for many of our students. Nura Gili makes that transition so much easier because as soon as you walk through those glass doors you become part of their family and community. Interview with Rebecca Harcourt
Leearna Williams (second from right ) with Nura Gili Student Ambassadors and Alumni at UNSW Open Day September 2014.
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Owen Walsh was one of three Nura Gili students who spoke at UNSW Foundation Indigenous Scholarship dinner. Here he shares his appreciation of the opportunity and insights into his own experience as student at UNSW and in particular the Leadership of Professor Nakata. I wanted to thank you all for the opportunity to allow me to speak and perform the acknowledgement to Country at the dinner. From my perspective it is an incredible honour to have the chance to share my experiences and culture with others and I am both very humble and extremely appreciative for the opportunity. I wanted to also mention that on a broader level, it was great to have the opportunity to have one on one conversation with program facilitators, scholarship donors and other stakeholders in Indigenous Education at the University of New South Wales. The format of the event was highly valuable from a student perspective in understanding and validating ways in which I believe assist in the area of Indigenous Education. More so, it was very comforting seeing the emphasis and regard that the wider community places on Indigenous Education at UNSW and revalidates the many reasons why I continue to study here. On that note, I would like to thank the donors and other stakeholders for the contribution to Indigenous Affairs at the University. From my experience their help has had an incredible impact on many lives. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Martin Nakata for his incredible contribution to the evening. Your charisma and genuine passion for your work is something that continues to nurture me throughout my degree. I also wanted to use this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing contribution to the university. I believe your realistic and upfront attitude is something Indigenous Education has been lacking for a long time, and more so it works. In my honest opinion, I have noticed a huge change in terms of dynamic, atmosphere, student support and MANY other areas that continue to make enormous benefits not only to me but the wider Indigenous cohort. Your speech on the gap of Indigenous students between school and university was fascinating. I would like to add, that my marks, semester on semester have been gradually increasing, and I believe that I would not be the only Indigenous student who has seen increases in their grades over there time at university. This is something that I can truly attribute to the work of Professor Nakata, his respective Nura Gili and UNSW faculty colleagues and scholarship donors like the ones present at the programs dinner. I would also like to pass on my thanks on to all the other key note speakers. I found the representatives from the Faculty of Medicine and Art & Design to be particularly insightful to the great work the University is doing on an operational level to increase and grow the Indigenous cohort. I would also like to thank the DVC Academic, Professor Iain Martin for expressing his emphasis on the importance of Indigenous education and his understanding of Indigenous Affairs on a very relatable level. Owen Walsh is currently studying a dual degree in Commerce and Informations Systems at UNSW Business School Alongside his studies Owen is developing his professional industry experience working with Tourism Australia on a variety of projects including web content and website management, online module management and marketing tourism products and services Owen has also recently created his own online portfolio www.owenwalsh.com.au Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 16
I was first introduced to the use of strength cards in the summer of 2014 when I was an ICV Volunteer living in Pormpuraaw, West Cape York in Queensland and working with PPAC Pormpur Paanth Aboriginal Corporation under the then Director Heather Saleh. During one of our professional development days Heather facilitated a session with strength cards where each card with a word and a picture was used as a tool for people to yarn (talk) about their own strengths, qualities, experiences and future aspirations. I was impressed with how the cards opened up a depth of professional intimacy and connectivity amongst us all and imbued a sense of confidence. When I was commissioned to create the Global Business Leaders Challenge in 2011 it occurred to me that creating a set of strength cards so participants can investigate how their personal strengths can be applied and developed in a business context could be of value. Together with a team of students and colleagues we created the basis of these cards and incorporated further questions and ideas to prompt and tease out people’s thinking, conversations and aspirations. Since then, I have used our strength cards with many different audiences in workshops, forums, and presentations. The beauty of these cards is you can tease out any number of outcomes, drawing on contributions from every one of your participants. I’ve found them to be a great differentiation tool working equally well with specific and mixed audiences. Every session brings out something new and unexpected; the beauty of group experiential learning. I’m thrilled to share that our Strength cards are now available for sale at our UNSW Bookshop and via their website for online purchases. All sale proceeds will go directly towards a fund for UNSW Indigenous scholarships for Indigenous students studying at UNSW Business School. To purchase and for further details: https://www.bookshop.unsw.edu.au/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9990000191277 We also recently launched our latest UNSW Indigenous Guide for Business Students, please let me know if you would also like to receive hard copies of the guide to share in your organisation. http://issuu.com/nura_gili/docs/unsw_business_guide_for_indigenous_ Rebecca Harcourt Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 17
Jessica Clark was recently awarded a coveted Gili Award at the 2014 TAFE NSW Gili Awards. The TAFE NSW Gili Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of Aboriginal TAFE NSW students, staff and programs that have contributed to Aboriginal communities through training and education. Jessicaâ€™s Gili Award was in recognition of her academic achievement whilst studying and graduating from Ultimo TAFE here in Sydney. Jessicaâ€™s ATAR score was 98.6 a brilliant achievement which she shares is a result of hard work and a few test runs, trying out different courses at TAFE before discovering her passion for science which continues to motivate her. Jessica is now thriving whilst studying Advanced Science here at UNSW pursuing her interest in biochemistry and discovering more about science. Jessica hopes her award and journey will encourage others to discover what motivates them and know that there are many ways to achieve your goals and finding out what is not right for you is as important as discovering what is.
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Date: Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 November Location: Nura Gili, University of NSW Accommodation: New College, UNSW Applications: Open until Friday 31 October 2014 Come with us on a journey of discovery through the worlds of Science and Engineering! Our Indigenous Science and Engineering program is a multi-year fully supervised 3 day residential program for Indigenous students in years 7–9. You’ll experience three full days of action packed, mind blowing exposure to cutting edge technologies such as our Virtual Reality Simulator that will virtually transport you into the belly of a mine site and we’ll take a visit to meet our World Cup winning football playing Robots! At the Sydney Observatory, you’ll travel through space in 3-D to learn about Indigenous sky stories in Sydney’s newest Digital Planetarium. Expect to be wowed and wooed by Science and Engineering! Cost: Free (excluding travel to and from UNSW) Follow this link for application forms: http://www.nuragili.unsw.edu.au/indigenous-scienceand-engineering-program-isep
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Tharunka is UNSW's longest-running student publication. It is the political, social and cultural journal for the student voice on campus. This month sees, for the very first time in its history, the launch of the Indigenous and Intercultural Tharanka edition. Help us celebrate and thank all of our 25+ contributors who helped us collate our very own edition of UNSW's student newspaper, Tharunka! On Thursday the 25th of September at 6:30PM, the brand new Ethno-cultural/International Student Space will 'feature' delish food, rad music and a showcase of all the hard work the members of the UNSW Indigenous Society and the UNSW SRC Intercultural Collective have invested into 2014! Our awesome writers, artists and poets have lent us their wit, their humour, their cold hard factfinding, their arduous labour and so much more to bring about this rather historical moment.
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The National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) are commencing in a matter of days and UNSW Nura Gili's team is excited to spend a week with fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students from all over the country. The team consists of 14 students and 2 staff members who will fly to Perth on the 20th of September and spend the following five days participating in a range of sports, including traditional games. The players, plus other indigenous and non-Indigenous students of UNSW, have spent the past seven months raising money and securing sponsorship to ensure the travel experience is the best it can be. With less than a week until the games begin flights, accommodation, registration and uniforms have been booked, payed and ordered ready for the amazing event that awaits them. Our team: Aiyanna Tranter Bridget Cama Dennis Weatherall Desiree Leha
Kimberley Peckham Leearna Williams Letitia Porter Monique Peachey
Grant Maling Jessica Kitch
Patrice Allen Ryan Ahearne
Kathleen Brown Katherine Watson
Scott Parlett Teeyanna Tapim-Savage
As team captain, I'm extremely proud of all the hard work that has been put into the arrangement of the trip and hope we not only do well in the sports and make loads of friends, but most importantly have fun because at the end of the day that what the games are all about and I would like to thanks to everyone involved and especially our sponsors below Grant Maling
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UNSW Open Day 2014 at Nura Gili saw hundreds of visitors traipse through the beautifully decorated Balnaves Place. Although torrential downpours were seen early in the day, the sun came out midmorning making it an enjoyable day for all. Caliko Catering provided delicious BushTucker, Native Hibiscus Lemonade and their Lemon Myrtle Mini Cup Cakes which were a huge hit with our visitors. Nura Gili COFA UNSW Alumni Lucy Simpsonâ€™s beautiful fabrics inspired the makeover of our library/study space into a relaxing storytelling zone where Warren Roberts kept audiences captivated for well over an hour. Gorgeous textiles and ghost net accessories from Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island Arts Centre) brightened our location. Chatting to future students and their parents and experiencing the buzz of the mayhem on campus at Open Day was a wonderful treat for all. UNSW Open Day 2014 at Nura Gili was organised by Leearna Williams. By Katja Henaway, Nura Gili Student Support Officer
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Two recent exhibitions in Sydney have drawn attention the arts and crafts of the Erub people of Darnley Island in the Torres Strait Islands. UNSW Open Day at Nura Gili included an exhibition of bright and beautiful textiles and ghost net accessories from Ewer Meta Artists working from the Art Centre on Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Straits, who revitalise their Meriam Mir (Murray Island) culture through their arts and crafts. The fabrics have been screen printed with designs inspired by traditional stories and ancestral practices, and the shells, fish and other sea creatures which are features of their environment. The GhostNet creations are woven from recycled from discarded ghost nets that are washed ashore.
Ken Thaiday Senior. Also hailing from Erub, renowned Torres Strait Islander artist Ken Thaiday has been commissioned to present a major new performance installation at Carriageworks. Embodying cultural customs with modern materials, Thaiday’s practice traverses dance, installation and sculpture. Inspired by the landscape of the Torres Strait and the importance of family, faith and culture, Thaiday’s art investigates the intersection of traditional lore and contemporary life. Over the past two decades the work of Ken Thaiday Snr has received international acclaim, featuring in exhibitions in Paris, New York and throughout Australia. Born in 1950 on Erub (Darnley) Island, Thaiday learnt the importance of traditional song and dance from his father - cultural leader and choreographer Tat Thaiday. Additionally, a new scorpion and crayfish sculpture will be shown alongside existing works including Eastern Island Warrior Headdresses, a frigatebird, and 3 biezam hammerhead shark headdresses – the artist’s family totem. Thaiday has also choreographed 3 new works which will be performed by Erub Kebile, a troupe of Torres Strait Islander dancers at the exhibition opening, and again at a special public program where the artist will speak about his work. A film of these new dances will be included in the exhibition. By Katja Henaway Nura Gili Student Support Officer. Katja Henaway (nee Saveka) is the niece of Ken and Liz Thaiday. Katja was raised in Torres Strait Islander Communities in Cairns Far North Queensland. Her grandparents hail from the Eastern and Western Islands of Meriam Mir and Moa.
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Walama Muru: The term means 'a return of road or path' and that's exactly what Walama Muru does by forging new connections and reinforcing old ones between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. And what better way for Walama Muru to get this done than to offer an opportunity for UNSW students to travel to a regional Aboriginal community in order to learn and share in the local Aboriginal culture. At its core, Walama Muru represents an opportunity for students to be a part of a real and practical demonstration of true reconciliation - one that incites real and lasting change.
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UNSW Australia Indigenous Awards Night and Nura Giliâ€™s 10th Year Anniversary Celebrations! Date: Friday 24 October 2014 Time: 7.00-11.00pm Venue: Doltone House, Lvl 3, 181 Elizabeth St, Sydney Bookings: Purchase your tickets/tables here Join us to celebrate our second annual UNSW Indigenous Awards Night and Nura Gili's 10th year Anniversary Celebration on Friday 24 October 2014. This will be a memorable night of fine dining and fabulous entertainment with emcee Luke Carroll and the Leah Flannigan Band at the luxe Hyde Park Ballroom in Doltone House. Nura Gili together with UNSW faculties and our corporate partners, families and friends will honour the outstanding achievements of our Indigenous students and alumni. Together we'll journey through the past decade to remember and celebrate the many successes of the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit. If you have any enquiries about the evening please contact Kat Henaway: +61 (2) 9385 1642 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“I want students to walk away from us believing that they have the ability to be anything they want to be as long as they have a dream and they never give up” Leearna Williams.
Winter School -Built Environment 2014
Each year Nura Gili attends Indigenous and non-Indigenous careers expos and conducts our ‘Light and Fire’ presentations at schools and TAFEs as part of our Recruitment and Outreach activities. We travel throughout Sydney and across Regional NSW. The careers expos provide us with the opportunity to share information about Nura Gili and UNSW with prospective students and members of the community. Nura Gili invites schools, TAFEs, individuals and organisations to visit our Kensington campus where we conduct our presentation with you, including a tour of the UNSW campus. Visit us at Balnaves place- Home of Nura Gili and we will provide you with a great opportunity to learn firsthand more about Nura Gili’s programs, entry pathways and all about the different programs you can study with us Let us know if would like us to have a stall at or your school, TAFE, organisation or expo and if you would like to visit us here on campus Leearna Williams Nura Gili Student Recruitment Officer For more information please contact: Nura Gili on (02) 9385 3805 or email email@example.com Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 26
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, with 9 outstanding faculties that offer courses in a range of different study areas, UNSW is a great choice to undertake your degree. At UNSW, we take pride in the broad range and high quality of our teaching programs. Our teaching gains strength and currency from our research activities, strong industry links and our international nature; UNSW has a strong regional and global engagement. In developing new ideas and promoting lasting knowledge we are creating an academic environment where outstanding students and scholars from around the world can be inspired to excel in their programs of study and research. Partnerships with both local and global communities allow UNSW to share knowledge, debate and research outcomes. UNSW’s public events include concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics. With 9 outstanding faculties, over 300 study areas, located in one of the best cities in the world, over 50,000 students from every country in the world and commitment to Indigenous education and research ‘make UNSW your first choice’
Applications for the main round intake of the Indigenous Admission Scheme are now open. The Indigenous Admission Scheme provides access for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into the University of New South Wales undergraduate degree programs (please see information on Pre-Programs if you are interested in studying Business, Education, Law, Medicine or Social Work). This means that if you haven’t got the required ATAR or State/Territory equivalent for the course you wish to study, or you are returning to study after a long while doing other things, we can assess and support your application to study through your other relevant experience. Applicants must also confirm their Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander descent as part of the application process. For more information please contact Nura Gili on (02) 9385 3805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Are you seeking entry into UNSW in the area of Business, Education, Law, Medicine or Social Work?
Nura Gili, in conjunction with participating Faculties and Schools at UNSW, has developed preparatory programs, open to Indigenous students who are looking to explore and apply for entry into undergraduate degree programs offered at UNSW in the areas of Business, Education, Law, Medicine and Social Work. Program Duration: the Preâ€?Programs will be held in Sydney at UNSW from 25 November to 18 December 2014 Venue and Accommodation: the programs will be held on the Kensington campus of UNSW and accommodation is provided for on campus in student college facilities. Who Should apply? All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are seeking to qualify for entry into Business, Education, Law, Medicine and Social Work at UNSW. What does it lead to? Successful completion of a Pre-Program may lead to entry into an undergraduate program at UNSW or a pathways (enabling) program. Cost: The programs are free of charge. Applications for 2014 UNSW Indigenous Pre Programs are now open. Please follow this link on our Nura Gili website for application forms and further details: http://www.nuragili.unsw.edu.au/pre-programs-0
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Nura Gili provides pathways to learning opportunities that embrace Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories. Nura Gili strives for excellence in educational services and works towards assuring participation and access to all the programs it offers. The staff and students at Nura Gili support community outreach programs to actively spread the message of the availability of tertiary studies. Staff and students also work to promote the centrality of arts, culture and heritage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - throughout UNSW and the wider community. The words Nura Gili are from the language of the Eora Nation, Nura meaning â€˜place' and Gili meaning â€˜fire/light'. Nura Gili at UNSW brings together these concepts to create the meaning â€˜place of fire and light'. The theme of place remains important to the many cultures of Indigenous Australia. The University of New South Wales acknowledges and recognises the very place that we have all come together to work, share, study and learn as the traditional lands of three separate Aboriginal communities: the Bedegal ( Kensington campus), Gadigal (City and College of Fine Arts Campuses) and the Ngunnawal people (Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra). The site of UNSW is located near an 8000 year old campsite around which the people of the area taught culture, history and subsistence. From an age old past through to the present the site holds significance as a place for gathering, meeting, teaching and sharing. The concept of a fireplace and fire in general reflects the warm, relaxed and nurturing environment created by age-old fires many years ago, and recreated today by the staff and students of Nura Gili. The shared inspiration , drive and purpose for the staff and students of Nura Gili is that they belong to a community on campus where there is a fire burning, where people come together to share, as has been done for thousands of years. Nura Gili values the potential that education can offer, and with the theme of the fireplace in mind, we invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather, learn and share together, to light a torch of their own, to guide them, and light their way as they create their own journey.
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Published on Sep 14, 2014
This issue celebrates the many successful platforms provided through Nura Gili’s leadership, staff, students and alumni in partnership with...