Hello! My name is Georgia Mantle and I am one of the Indigenous Office Bearers for 2016. Before I begin my report I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land in which I am writing this report, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. I am apart of the Gadigal mob which gives me great pride to live and work on the land of my people. I would like to welcome my Indigenous brothers and sisters to USYD and to this land as we start another year of study.
The Indigenous Collective is an autonomous collective group for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. My role and the role of my Co-Office Bearer Madison is to ensure that the voices of Indigenous students are being heard. This year we hope to hold regular collective meetings and events to really build the presence of Indigenous students across the campus.
Not only do I represent your voices to the Student Representative Council I also sit on SEG ATSISS which is the ‘Senior Executive Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy and Services Committee. Sitting on this committee means I am able to voice the concerns of the Indigenous student body straight to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Strategy and Services. If there are any issues that you believe need to be brought to this committee I will always take them to the meetings which happen monthly.
I would also like to mention that In Week 8 this semester the Indigenous student body has a chance to take over this whole paper! For the third year in a row we will be publishing ‘Indigenous Honi’ which will be a paper that centers on representing the voices of Indigenous people and issues affecting Indigenous people. An official call out will happen very soon but in the meantime start thinking of something you could contribute whether it be an article, a poem, or art.
This year I hope the Indigenous student body can mobilise around issues that affect us the most so we can ensure that our voices are heard and we are able to make effective change within the university and broader community.
If you have any questions about the Indigenous collective and how to get involved or you just want to chat send us a message at: firstname.lastname@example.org