In the June/July Holidays, I undertook a placement at Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS) via the Aurora Internship Program - an organisation devoted to letting students and graduates experience (and work in) organisations with an Indigenous focus.
Native title law is incredibly complicated and fraught. It carries with it a history of oppression that permeates its operation at every turn.
Central Desert Native Title Services: Not Your Average Legal Service
It was a privilege to have been given an Aurora legal placement at Central Desert Native Title Services (CDNTS) in East Perth. I spent four weeks at CDNTS in July 2018. It was an excellent time.
I gained interest in Indigenous affairs in my first year at university when I studied Intercultural Communication. I had very little exposure and understanding in regards to the Indigenous sector as I had just moved to Australia as an international student.
I have been passionate about Indigenous issues since I was first exposed to NAIDOC Week when I was in primary school. Over time I have been aware of some of the issues that were impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Travelling to the Top End for the first time, in November of 2017 I undertook a four week internship at the Northern Land Council (‘NLC’) in Darwin.
I was selected to participate in the Aurora Internship Program during the summer 2017/18 round, and was placed at Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS) in Brisbane as a legal intern.