The University of Sydney Indigenous Collective is an autonomous group for Indigenous students. The collective is a safe space where students can discuss issues, express ideas, and contribute to the Indigenous community at University. The Indigenous Collective strives to build a stronger and healthier community, believing that collaboration allows for cultural competence and true understanding. We are made up of people from various mobs but our shared university experience and drive to improve ourselves and society bring us all together as one mob. The Collective allows us to share our culture, our stories and our passion for our mobs and lands. The Collective aims to provide a space where Indigenous people can come together to better communicate and support one another.
The Koori Centre in the Old Teacher’s College is an autonomous safe space for Indigenous students to access, here you will have access to a kitchen, computer room and lounge area. It is a great space to to escape from busy university life, study or just grab a cup of tea and have a yarn.
This year the Office Bearers hope to establish a more active collective that services the needs of the Indigenous student body. The collective will run regular meetings to discuss issues facing Indigenous students and the wider Indigenous community. The Collective will also be running a range of events throughout the year. Some of these events will be autonomously run just for Indigenous students while others will be open to all students to encourage the involvement of all students in Indigenous issues in the hopes of creating an open dialogue between groups.
The Indigenous Collective is also responsible for putting together the Indigenous Honi Soit! A special edition of the University’s newspaper that focuses on the showcasing the talents and skills of our Indigenous students. 2016 will be the third year of this publication and it is sure to be a great one!
The Indigenous Collectives engages not just with Indigenous students but with the wider Indigenous community to fight for the rights of Indigenous people. The Indigenous Collective supported the Redfern Tent Embassy’s land rights fight last year and will continue to support the local Aboriginal community in this coming year.
This year the Indigenous Collective is represented by the two Indigenous SRC Office Bearers; Madison McIvor and Georgia Mantle. If you ever need help or have any questions, shoot us an email.
Facebook- USYD Indigenous Collective
In person- Koori Centre located on the first floor of the Old Teachers College