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Cover Image: Courtesy of Aaron Collins in a helicopter on the USA/.Canadian Boarder Editorial

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Sydney to Saskatchewan- Aaron Collins shares his experiences living and working with First Nation People of Canada

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Nura Gili’s Owen Walsh reflects on Bill Gates ABC Q&A at UNSW-

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Insights into Kataya Barrett’s advocacy and passion for our environment

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Insight into Connect 13 by George Brown

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Politics, debates - our rights to change the status quo Ben Denison shares how his passions led him to study at Nura Gili and UNSW

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Indigenous Rights and Business - advocating powerful changes Corey Smith’s reflects on UN Indigenous rights and business Nura Gili’s Alicia Smith

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Nura Gili News. If you would like to contribute ideas, news, letters and / or articles please contact the editor Telephone: 0478492075 Email: rebecca.harcourt@unsw.edu.au If you would like to contribute to Indigenous scholarships for students at UNSW and/or Nura Gili Indigenous Programs please feel free to make initial contact with the Director of Nura Gili Professor Martin Nakata (B.EdHons PhD) Telephone :+61 (2) 93853120 Email: Prof.n.m.nakata@unsw.edu.au - Prof Nakata's Webpage If you would like further information on Nura Gili’s programs, courses and facilities you are welcome to come and visit and / or contact us: Nura Gili Centre for Indigenous Telephone: 02 93853805 Programs Email: nuragili@unsw.edu.au Electrical Engineering Building G17 Website: nuragili.unsw.edu.au UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA UNSW CRICOS Provider Code: 00098G | ABN: 57 195 873 179 If you would like further information about UNSW and our faculties: www.unsw.edu.au Balnaves Place – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Balnaves Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia.

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This month we celebrate the courage and creativity of our students with their diversity of passions spanning the world both literally and figuratively; so many drawing on the strengths of their family and strong sense of their own Indigenous identity. Whether it’s marine science, current affairs, business, the arts, politics, experiencing the shared challenges, opportunities and rich cultural heritages of First Nations around the world. Or having your work on display in an exhibition, analyzing an experiment, interpreting the rights and construction of law in light of your own experiences, Nura Gili students are investigating and making their mark generating positive change. Each step creates impact whether it’s submitting those assignments that particularly build up at this time of the semester, finalising a presentation or overcoming challenges in group work. Others such as doing that extra reading, contributing to group discussions, developing your professional experience, taking the time for a walk or having a yarn with others at Nura Gili to support each other day by day. Most of all its remembering your personal value just as you are and that Nura Gili is here to support you every step of the way. Rebecca Harcourt, Editor L-R Sharon Gray, National Business Development Manager Indigenous Jobs Australia, Sarah Hyland, final year Indigenous Commerce student with Rebecca Harcourt

Balnaves Place – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Balnaves Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia.

Global financial services firm UBS has committed to a major investment in support of Indigenous programs at UNSW

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Az aka Aaron Collins

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Aaron- who’s your mob? I’m a Dunghutti man from the Kempsey area. My family also have ties to Gamilaroi and Wiradjuri tribes. Can you share about growing up in Kempsey? As most country town folk know, it can be challenging. These challenges include racism and a lack of opportunity. Kempsey is a good place, but these factors definitely can impact on your environment and experience growing up. You’re in your final year of your degree –thinking back, when did you first hear about Nura Gili and UNSW? I first heard about Nura Gili through my careers advisor insisting I apply for Winter School. My highlights include the relationships I have established both with students and staff, the knowledge I have gained and the opportunity to be a role model. I am very proud of the progress I have made. Last year you headed over to North America for five months traveling around the US for a month followed by four months in Canada – a trip you instigated and paid for yourself. What was your motivation to do this? I wanted to get a personal insight to the struggle of another nation's Indigenous peoples, and how challenges are addressed. The trip took some time and persistence to organise. I made clear my intentions and why I wanted to do so, and walked through every door in order to achieve and organise what I wanted to do. I was in touch with the staff at the Social Work faculty at the University of Regina and I worked for a First Nation child welfare agency, where I was based in Regina, Saskatchewan. I remember years ago when I was young and living in Montreal I would listen to the radio and I was so proud because every day they would be talking with pride about Aboriginal nations and people. I couldn’t get over how I was half way across the world in Canada and they seemed to know and care much more about Aboriginal people in Canada than they did in Australia. It wasn’t until months later that I realised they were talking about Aboriginal people living in Canada. Can you share your insights about your time and experiences with some of the First Nations people in Canada? It was an eye-opener. As I worked every day I didn't really get the chance to make friends outside of work, but my colleagues were very welcoming and friendly. My experience was incredible, I was lucky to do things such as climbing a Rocky Mountain and flying over Niagara Falls to participating in a Sweat Lodge and smoking a pipe with a Chief. I found that there is not much difference between Aboriginal Australians and First Nation Canadians, regarding lifestyle and issues, however there were cultural differences.

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Our agency was under the Yorkton Tribal Council. I mainly worked in the Carry the Kettle community, about an hour out of Regina. I also visited White Buffalo and various other Reservations. I definitely treasure the interactions I had with all the people I met, from community members and Elders to the kids I worked with. I felt that I made a real impact to most people I met, stating that they had never met an Aboriginal person before and it was an honour to meet me. Some people are keen to come over and see what we are all about too!

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Creedon & Aaron

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Family and friends are really important for you - how did you connect with back home when you were overseas? I'm thankful for modern technology, put it that way! Skype and my I-phone really helped me stay the full trip. Can you share some of your reflections about your time there and life back home?

I have definitely seen that Indigenous issues is a world-wide struggle, everything from over-representation of incarceration to health issues, we share a common ground with people all around the world. The key is standing together addressing issues front-on. The 'Idle No More' movement is taking the right steps in confronting the mutual issues. This year is a big year for you- becoming a Dad again, graduation – what’s next for you? Yes it’s all happening this year. I haven't been able to fathom the fact that this student lifestyle won't be the way Iwill be living next year, so I'm not too sure what’s next. All I know is that my priority will shift from finishing my studies to providing for my ever-expanding family, whatever that may take. For others thinking about taking a risk, wanting to take a challenge outside of their comfort zone what tips do you have? The only way to get new experiences is to step out of your comfort zone. Broaden it. Soon enough you will have a head full of knowledge, a passport full of stamps and a life full of experience. Live Life!

Interview with Rebecca Harcourt

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"Growing up I always looked up to Bill Gates, as did many. I revelled in his story and aspired to one day achieve close to his incredible feat. As a technology enthusiast with an inextricable passion for human rights, health and education I was both humbled and excited to hear the most innovative and generous philanthropist give his opinion on larger scale global problems. The filming of ABC’s Q & A on Tuesday night showcased an incredible platform of questions that ranged from malaria to the future of robotics. Mr Gates was confronted with several eye-catching questions on issues of greed, medicine, ethical investment, corruption and tax. More so, I found it quite pleasing to hear Gates opinion on Australian politics, investment in Aid and perhaps most interestingly Australian philanthropy. His passionate exposition on issues of global health, affordable medicine and more equitable living conditions was incredible to hear. I found the focus on social responsibility and his down-to-earth opinion of the need for governments and other high profile individuals to step up their contribution to global issues quite a positive movement. It was not only interesting but also enlightening to see an audience consisting of future humanitarians and change makers contrast with the wise and insightful words of the incredible Mr.Gates debating major world problems. I found it incredibly interesting to gain such a short yet comprehensive look into the life of the words richest man. Hearing Mr.Gates perception on his own life and juxtaposing it to the example he will surely leave has reaffirmed for me and undoubtedly others to use our individual strengths and successes not to only benefit ourselves but more so, to continue to find ways to benefit the lives of others. I would strongly recommend all readers to take the time to view the episode of Q and A at http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3761763.htm . I found it a truly motivating and inspiring experience.� Owen Walsh May 30th 2013 Nura Gili student Owen Walsh was in the live audience for Gates Q&A. Owen is currently studying a double degree - a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Information Systems at ASB, UNSW.

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Kataya Barrett

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Kataya, where did you grow up and who’s your mob? I was born up in Grafton and am a Bundjalung Woman. Though, I mainly grew up in Sydney, most of my family is in Grafton and I consider this home. How did you first find about Nura Gili and UNSW? I heard about Nura Gili and UNSW through a rep who visited my school What are you currently studying? I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Marine Science and Environmental Humanities. What motivated you to study Science & Arts? I have always loved dolphins and their home, the oceans. In primary school, I got to explore a lot about the ocean through science, and also living in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, so it seemed natural to pursue science. I’ve also wanted to know everything I could about dolphins and other marine mammals; I found that I learnt about them best through science. I also loved English during school. The Arts give me the ability to study language based subjects, and my science degrees allows me the freedom to pursue both my interest of marine science and environmental issues. What has been the highlight for you so far? There have been many awesome moments for me since being at university. I think it has to be the friends I have made. Though, learning so many cool and eye opening things is pretty up there.

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For others thinking about studying science what would be your top 3 tips? -

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If you are really passionate and inquisitive about something, science will give you the best opportunity to learn about it. You don’t have to know what you want to study a Bachelor of Science is really flexible. So you can try a couple of subjects to find out what you are interested in studying. If you love learning about the world, science is a really good option.

In your studies and experience has there been much opportunity to explore where the scientific and Indigenous knowledge(s) intersect? A lot of my environmental humanities subjects have focused on the Indigenous perspective of environmental issues. I find that it is important to remember that Indigenous people should be consulted in the way that is best to solve environmental issues. Environmental issues are not just scientific issues, they are also social issues. Science and Indigenous knowledge can work very well together, complementing each other, helping to find answers and solutions. What would you like to do when you graduate? When I graduate I would love a job that would let me travel to exotic places and help conserve the environment, or otherwise I would like to go into marine mammal research focusing on either behaviour or ecology.

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As a student it can be tricky keeping a balance especially at this time of year when assessment deadlines and exams. What have you found supports you when the pressures of studies mount up? It is very hard to balance everything. When I’m stressed, talking about the stress to my friends is one of the best support systems. Knowing that there are people who you can talk to is very valuable. Also, knowing that there is always help available if things are getting of control is comforting, and the guys at Nura Gili are always willing to help with whatever they can. Outside of you studies -what else have you been involved with? Outside of uni I am mainly working. Though, when I have some spare time I am usually spending it with friends or family. There are so many activities and clubs on offer, there is always something to do. Who are your role models and why? My mum would have to be my main role model. She is such an inspiration and one of the strongest people I know. She is the person who always encouraged and pushed me towards studying at uni, and to follow my heart by studying marine biology. As we grew up, she really instilled how important our environment and cultural heritage is. How do you think your studies and growing knowledge & experience especially in relation to environmental science may impact our future? Studying environmental issues is all about awareness; the more people that know about environmental issues the better. I find studying with people who are as passionate as you about saving the environment is amazing. The environment is more than just a place where we live. It is the place(s) where our history, culture, business, travel, memories and lives all take place. Especially, as an Indigenous woman, this is so important, as our culture and identity is set in our environment. I would really encourage anyone who is passionate or even curious about the environment to study in this area. It is a gratifying experience knowing that what you are studying and involved in is contributing to saving the environment.

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Nura Gili student George Brown is in his final year studying for a Bachelor of Commerce at ASB. He is also working a Research Assistant at Supply Nation and below he shares about Supply Nation’s Connect 13 in Melbourne:

© Supply Nation L-R: Charles Prouse, CEO Supply Nation, George Brown and Kristal Kinsela, Program Manager Supply Nation Building a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous enterprise sector Supply Nation’s Annual Connect Conference, Tradeshow and Gala Dinner Supply Nation formerly known as the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC) is Australia’s premier business-to-business membership body dedicated to growing diversity within supply chains. Our aim is to connect Australia’s corporate and government organisations with Indigenous business suppliers who are already achieving success or have the potential to develop into vibrant, vital businesses. Recently, Supply Nation held their premium annual two day event; Connect 2013 Conference, Tradeshow and Gala Dinner on 14-15 May in Melbourne. The theme was ‘Turning contacts into contracts’ which “captured the essence of why so many are involved in Supply Nation’s work” says Charles Prouse, CEO of Supply Nation. The focus of Connect 2013 was to grow and develop business opportunities, relationships and strengthen existing partnerships.

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This year’s event attracted more than 1000 participants over the two days; participants included Indigenous entrepreneurs, corporate and government leaders, and an international delegation from the United States and Canada. Day one: Conference The conference was opened with a Welcome to Country by Uncle Ian Hunter, Wurundjeri Elder, followed by Supply Nation’s CEO Charles Prouse’s opening address. Before breaking into workshops, international keynote guest speaker David Hinson, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) USA delivered his address. Feedback from our Certified Indigenous Suppliers described David as a ‘brilliant and engaging speaker’ who is ‘inspiring’. © Supply Nation David Hinson, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency USA

Workshops held throughout the day, gave Indigenous suppliers and corporate and government key personnel the opportunity to pick and choose which sessions interested them. The topics of our workshops included:      

The Impact of Supplier Diversity (Member session) Growth for Success (Supplier session) Fundamentals of Supplier Diversity Increasing Supplier Diversity through Supplier Development Procurement trends: Australia Vs. USA, Towards Excellence and the Future of Minority Supplier Diversity in Australia

The workshops provided opportunities for all participants to gain a greater understanding of what supplier diversity is, how to implement an effective supplier diversity program within their organisations and to hear and engage in live case studies of best practices between Supply Nation Members and Certified Indigenous Suppliers.

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To view a case study between an Indigenous Certified Supplier and a Member organisation (Yaru Water and Sofitel) visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmZSJNJIcak&list=UUmSV3eo6wFZJFDe_JSRGwVw&i ndex=1 Day two: Tradeshow and Gala Dinner The Connect tradeshow gave a unique opportunity for Supply Nation Certified Indigenous suppliers to showcase their products and services. Businesses also took this time to network and create or refresh meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships. It was great to see supplier diversity on full display. Connect 2013 concluded with a gala dinner and supplier diversity awards presentation which was held at Atlantic Group in Docklands, Melbourne. The supplier diversity awards paid the highest recognition to companies, government departments and individuals who strive to grow Indigenous business in Australia. The awards, presented by Charles Prouse and Supply Nation Chairman Stephen Roberts, CEO Citi Australia, recognised and celebrated the achievements of those contributing to and advocating for supplier diversity. What is Supplier Diversity and why is it important? The Commission for Racial Equality defined supplier diversity as “a process through which equal opportunities are provided to all businesses including minority businesses”. In the Australian context, supplier diversity promotes the purchase of goods and services supplied by majority-owned Indigenous businesses, which are often economically excluded and marginalized. Supply Nation operates with the aim of increasing the opportunities for Indigenous businesses to supply their goods and services to large public and private sector organisations because we acknowledge and believe that supplier diversity has the potential to bring real benefits to both purchasing organisations and Indigenous businesses. Two most notable benefits for buying firms are; 1. Encouraging competition within the supply chain – as the more competition you get for your contract the more chances you have of finding the best supplier. The best supplier will provide the organisation with such advantages as cost efficiency, quality, speed, flexibility and innovation. 2. Encouraging local economic development – Indigenous businesses are the key in local, regional and rural communities and economies. They are an important source of employment and business opportunities for Indigenous people. Supporting the growth of the Indigenous business sector through supplier diversity will create real and lasting benefits for Indigenous business owners, employees, families and communities. For more information on Supply Nation or Connect 2013 visit: www.supplynation.org.au

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Where did you grow up Ben and who’s your mob? I am a born and bred in Sydney City boy but my father is from Moree so my ‘mob’ is Kamilaroi and my mother is from England so there’s that too. How did you first find about Nura Gili? I found out about Nura Gili and UNSW through my older brother, older cousin and friends who all came here before me. I attended Nura Gili Winter School in 2011 with Science and the following year with Law. In 2012 I also attended UNSW Indigenous Pre Program in Law. My mother also did her law degree here at UNSW. What are you currently studying?

Ben Denison

I am currently studying a Diploma of Humanities along with ATSI subjects. Next year I will hopefully be moving across into a law and science or a law and social science degree.

What have been the highlights and challenges so far? I have enjoyed building close friendships with the friendly people in my classes who I feel I can rely upon when needed and are always willing to help me when I find myself in trouble. The biggest challenge I am yet to overcome is the ever present aspect of believing you have all the time in the world to do your work until the deadline is right in front of you and you realise that you have wasted much needed time procrastinating. You are passionate about social justice and the issues faced by Indigenous Australians- can you share more about this? I am Indigenous and a law student, which I believe puts me in a position of having an undisputed vested interest in both of these topics. I personally am of the opinion that freedom and equality are crucial for the evolution and sustainability of our civilisation. This, combined with who I am, has always led me to advocate on behalf of, and

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support where possible, the plight of those who are victimised and discriminated against. I am drawn to the realm of current affairs as it discusses issues which reflect my culture and field of learning for change, consolidation and dispute in the present day. If I did not have a passion for current affairs I would probably not be studying law, as one of the aspects that draw me is how law reacts and then affects what is happening in the present day. As well as law, I also have a strong love of science because of the confronting and often challenging nature of its advancement. This feeds into my highly politically motivated personality where my opinion is something I feel I have the right to share but believe I must always be able to back up my perspective with current facts. Ever since I can remember every year I have participated in NAIDOC weeks in one way or another. In the last couple of years I got my high school involved and gave speeches to the school to inform them about what NAIDOC week is, what the themes mean and what the connection it has with the Indigenous community and culture. Who are your role models and why? The two people I would associate with, as my role models would have to be my mother and Linda Burney. Firstly my mother as I believe it is through her becoming a lawyer that I too became passionate about law and how it works in society. Secondly Linda Burney, as I am deeply passionate about politics and she shares most of my political views and it is inspirational to watch an Indigenous member of parliament whom I have had the pleasure of knowing from a young age. What would you like to do when you graduate? At the moment when I graduate I would like to go work in a corporate law firm in an in-house legal division or become a barrister What does Nura Gili mean to you? Nura Gili means a lot to me, as it is through them that I was able to recognise my dream of going to uni and studying law. For others thinking about coming to study here what are your top three tips? Work hard to get what you want, make sure you don’t stress too much about your work and remember to have fun. It’s one of those things that people say and you think it’s so cliché but in all honesty the only reason I’m still at uni is because I’ve found good friends and built a good environment to support my studies. Interview with Rebecca Harcourt

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“Cultural identity is front and centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We don’t leave our identity at the door. Cultural identity and practices come with us into a workplace. We need business practices and workplace environments that support us to share and be confident of our identity in a corporate environment.” Amber Roberts Member Services Manager, Diversity Council Australia

On Thursday, 23rd May we held a consultation workshop with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals and students working in commerce, education, employment, government, health, law and social enterprise at the Australian School of Business. The workshop was held to provide further input into the UNGC’s Exposure Draft of the Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (UNDRIP) an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) with UNGC Network Australia

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Nura Gili’s Corey Smith a fourth year Indigenous Arts Law student shares his insights about the workshop:

“Attending the UN consultation workshop was certainly an eye-opening experience for me. I say ‘eye-opening’ because I never really considered businesses to be a major safeguarder of the rights of Indigenous peoples. You see my studies have always led me to accept that there are two main bodies that protect our rights in Australia; one is the parliament and the second is the courts. However, once the discussion at the consultation started to flow I began to change my line of thinking and a logical process led me to conclude that businesses are also significant rights-protectors.

To put it succinctly, the way a business treats and understands its Indigenous employees is ultimately going to impact on how well their distinctive rights are being upheld. For instance, if a corporation does not give particular attention to the special needs of Indigenous Elders, women and youth then they are not upholding a basic Indigenous right which is recognised by the UN. However, as a law student I began to question how this kind of rights protection could be enforced if it’s not contained in legislation. Ultimately our group came to conclude that if we create a culture in Australia that businesses should be giving special consideration to Indigenous rights, then it is clear that businesses who fall outside that group will be viewed as ‘behind the eight-ball’, which could impact negatively on the prosperous of their company. Overall, I now see it as more important than ever that corporations become more educated on the rights of Indigenous peoples. I think companies have the power to make profound economic and social differences in Indigenous communities – in order to reach true equality though, they must accept that people from different cultural backgrounds need to be treated and respected according to their cultural customs”.

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Who's your mob and where did you grow up? I am from the Bundjalung Nation in Northern NSW. My father is from Cabbage Tree Island, near Ballina (Ngyabal Tribe) and my mother is from Lismore (Widjabul Tribe). My mother’s mother was also from Cabbage Tree Island and I have strong ties to both communities as well as other surrounding communities in the area. I lived in Lismore all my life up until I moved to Sydney. Both sides of my family (Roberts, Smith, Bolt, Cook) are very well known and respected families in this region by both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. How often do you get to go home? I try to get back up home as much as I can, at least 5-6 times a year it all depends what is happening throughout the year. Over the last 4 years a lot of my trips home has been due to ‘sorry business’. Currently I call Kogarah home as this is where I live with my boyfriend Nathan but HOME will always be Lismore & Cabbage Tree Island.

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When did you first start working at Nura Gili? I moved to Sydney in 2007. I was looking for work and I rang Nura Gili I met Cheryl who then worked in Employment. I first started working at Nura Gili as a casual in 2007 and commenced as a Trainee from 2007-2008. I have been with Nura Gili for 6 years and employed on a permanent basis. Can you share about your current role? My role at Nura Gili is that I manage the reception and I also do a lot of the day to day administration including all the purchasing, catering, travel bookings and anything else that comes my way. I get involved in everything that happens and try to keep everyone in the office on track when we have major projects. What are some of the highlights for you about working here? The highlights for me have been working with staff on Winter School & Pre Programs over the past few years. It has been great seeing the students who have come through these programs enrolling at UNSW. I like seeing all the students and being able to chat with them throughout the day. I love working at Nura Gili because it’s one big family. How has Nura Gili changed in the time you’ve been here? The biggest change to date is moving into a new building which provides a bigger space for everyone (staff and students) and the physical environment is much more inviting then the old centres. It feels nicer coming to work each day and the students are happy. . What does Nura Gili mean for you? I think Nura Gili means a lot to our students it makes them feel like they have a second family and they are comfortable to be who they are around staff and other students. Who are your role models? My role models in life would definitely be my grandmothers. They were strong Aboriginal women and I guess I have a few of their traits (haha). I also look up to my mum as she is an amazing woman and has always worked hard to give my brothers and myself a good life. What would you like to be doing in five years’ time? I plan to have started a family and hopefully own my own house within this time. I hope I’m still be with Nura Gili and in touch with all the good friends I’ve made here. Interview with Rebecca Harcourt Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 22


National Reconciliation Week – Runs on the Board Congratulations George! “I am excited to officially announce that I have been co-opted (elected as a fellow member) to the New South Wales Reconciliation Council (NSWRC) Board/Management Committee. NSWRC is the peak representative body for Reconciliation in NSW, with the purpose of advancing Reconciliation in NSW, which acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and values. Growing up on the South Coast and in particular, Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community; it has given me a strong sense of family, community and pride in who and what I am. I have always believed no matter where my journey takes me, I will always strive for the betterment of my people and give back to community. I look forward to working with the amazing people on the Board to achieve our goals and vision. George Brown final year Indigenous Commerce student

Pauline McLeod Award for Reconciliation 2013 The Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum is made up of six Local Governments, City of Botany Bay, City of Sydney, Leichhardt Council, Randwick City, Waverley Council and Woollahra Council. Community once again celebrated Reconciliation Week 2013 with the Pauline Mcleod Awards for Reconciliation. These awards are for people or organisations who have worked to advance and promote Reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider community. This year the focus was on recognising those “silent achievers” the people that go the “extra mile” in promoting and advancing Reconciliation through selfless acts.

Congratulations to Nura Gili’s Jeremy Heathcote who is one of 2013 Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation Winners! ..

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Dear Year 12 Student, What’s next? Want to explore your options and possibilities? Then come along to the UNSW Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day and have all your questions answered. Our Info Day is a great opportunity for you to get the right information regarding your degree choices, scholarships, accommodation, student life, entry pathways and more. You will have the chance to interact and chat face to face with faculty staff, UNSW service providers and current UNSW students as well being taken on a guided campus tour by current UNSW students. Through your participation in the Info Day we aim to:     

Promote awareness of UNSW and Nura Gili programs Promote a strong focus on higher education Build a relationship between you, a prospective UNSW student, and current UNSW students To assist in closing the gap between transitioning from high school to university To inform you of opportunities and entry pathways into degree programs at UNSW

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Year 12 Indigenous high school students within the Sydney Region TAFE students studying the Tertiary Preparation Certificate

Date: Wed, 24th July 2013 I 9:00am – 3:00pm Rex Vowels Theatre, UNSW Kensington Campus SYDNEY NSW 2052 Transport will be provided from allocated pick up spots. This service is FREE. We encourage school representatives and parents to attend the info day as well. REGISTER NOW @ http://www.whatson.unsw.edu.au/events/view/88/year-12aboriginal---torres-strait-islander-info-day For further information please call: Leearna Williams 02 9385 8306 or Summa Naylor02 9385 1642 or via email asknuragili@unsw.edu.au Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 25


Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th September 2013

“All I wanted was to be a university graduate in a degree that I knew I would love and attending the Spring forum in 2011 helped me to do that. They inspired me to follow my dreams, they gave me the confidence to apply and just go for it and they helped me every step of the way “ Quinton Vea Vea Quinton is currently in his second year at UNSW studying Exercise Physiology. If you are you 18 and over, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person considering further study at university, the UNSW Indigenous Spring Forum could be for you! The whole program, including meals, travel to and from UNSW and residential accommodation is provided at no cost to the student.

Applications now open – nuragili.unsw.edu.au/springforum.html For further information please call Summa Naylor 02 9385 1642 or Rebecca Harcourt on 0478492075 or email asknuragili@unsw.edu.au

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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.’

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 asknuragili@unsw.edu.au Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 27


Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that offers students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the history and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Indigenous Studies programs, plans and courses at UNSW are designed to prepare students to constructively navigate a range of debates around ethics and Indigenous knowledge that they are likely to encounter in their future professional engagements with Indigenous matters. All Indigenous Studies courses can also be taken by undergraduate students in any Faculty as General Education or Free electives.

SEMESTER 2 COURSES: ATSI1012 Aboriginal Sydney ATSI2004 Popular Culture ATSI2012 Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Politics ATSI2014 Indigenous People and Policy For more information please contact: Nura Gili on (02) 9385 3805 Website: nuragili.unsw.edu.au/indigenousstudies

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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 ‘place' and Gili meaning ‘fire/light'. Nura Gili at UNSW brings together these concepts to create the meaning ‘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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Nura gili news edition 5 june 2013  
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