My dad is Indigenous and mother is non-Indigenous, so I feel like I walk in two worlds. I hear both sides. I grew up knowing I was Aboriginal however I had no cultural connection. I felt a sense of not having an identity and wasn’t sure where I belonged.
I have grown up seeing the outcomes of atrocities committed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and hearing their mistreatment through history. When I read the Uluru Statement I thought, wouldn't it be good to start hearing stories of coming together and healing? It’s a way for people to move forward, it is a story of healing.
For me, the Uluru Statement represents culture and identity.
From the heart
From the Heart is a campaign for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament that is enshrined in the Constitution. This would enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people to provide advice to the Parliament on policies and projects that impact their lives.
It gives the Australian Government the opportunity to make policies with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, rather than for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The question that sparked my journey
Now, three years on from that day in class and the question that sparked my journey, I am fortunate to be able to continue my support of the campaign and work in an organisation that supports its people to speak up and have respectful conversations.
When I was in high school, I was successful in obtaining a traineeship through ANZ to which I am still extremely grateful for. It has opened many doors for me in my career and has provided me with immense personal growth.