Sunburnt dirt, stretching as far as the eye can see. Spiky spinifex, bleached wheat-white by the unrelenting sun. Harsh rocky terraces rising up sporadically over an otherwise flat expanse. And a wall of heat. Inescapable, indescribable. Like a furnace burning.
June this year saw me travel to Western Australia for the first time to work as the very first Aurora intern placed at Kuruma Marthudunera Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC), a corporation that represents the K&M people in the Pilbara, who currently have a native title application underfoot and se
In November of 2014 I was flown to Karratha to complete an internship with Kuruma Marthudunera Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC). I gained this placement through the Aurora Internship Program. The process for gaining the internship was straight forward; it was like applying for a job.
Leaving my new home in Adelaide, I wondered what I was getting myself into with my Aurora internship placement to KMAC in Karratha. Especially given that Karratha was as far away from Adelaide as my home town in England was from the North Pole, it certainly put things in perspective.
Native Title as a legal concept first caught my attention during Property Law, when I completed my major essay on the subject. Native Title attempts to reconcile two systems of law and their respective proprietary rights.
Broadening my horizons and gaining an enhanced understanding of the interaction between the law and Aboriginal people were the main reasons why I undertook a legal internship via the Aurora Project. Throughout the lengthy enrolment process, I knew that I wanted to immerse myself in a new environ
My experience as an Aurora Native Title Intern based in the Pilbara, WA.
The major work that I was involved in throughout my Aurora internship canvassed a considerable range of areas of law. I was exposed to cultural heritage and native title law through research tasks as well as the observation and minute taking in the Native Title Holders and Directors meetings.
I was lucky enough to be able to participate in two separate Aurora internships as part of the Aurora Internship Program. My first internship was at Native Title Services Victoria (NTSV) and the second one was at the Myuma Group.