The Birthplace of Native Title:
The 3rd of June 2015 marked the twenty-third anniversary of the historic Mabo decision. By happy coincidence, it was also the day I was selected for a legal internship in the Torres Strait as part of the Aurora Internship Program.
The Aurora Native Title Internship Program places students and graduates from anthropology, some social science, and law disciplines at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and other Indigenous organisations, government bodies and corporations all around Australia, working in land rights, s
As the wheels on the Dash 8 touched down and the propellers shifted down a gear I realised that I had no idea what I was expecting, what I would be doing or even who I was meeting.
In July-August 2015, I spent 6 weeks interning at the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) on Thursday Island, Queensland.
YOU MUST GO TO THE TORRES STRAIT
As I began writing notes for this final article, I was sitting watching the rain absolutely bucket down on Thursday Island, and I found it hard to reflect on my last six weeks (and nearby Cyclone Nathan was not exactly helping lift my spirits as it dampened my final week).
Sit down, be humble
The Aurora Project is a program that facilitates internships between tertiary students and Indigenous organisations with an emphasis on native title and social justice for Indigenous peoples.
A lot of my mates were surprised when I told them I was going to spend five weeks in the Torres Strait. Some had never heard of Thursday Island, and those that had couldn’t name another island in the strait.