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Derek Walker- my story

Hi, my name is Derek Walker and I am a Bundjalung man who now lives in Sydney. I grew up in a place called Baryulgil which is situated about 90km north-west of Grafton on the mid-north coast of NSW. People from there affectionately call it the “Square”. It is a very small Aboriginal community that has risen to fame over the years for many things like my families sporting talent, the Mundine name, and also the curse of being the largest open asbestos mine in the southern hemisphere.

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Books and stories are my life... by Dr Anita Heiss

My name is Anita Heiss and I am from the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. My mob’s from Cowra, I was born on Gadigal Country (Sydney) and I have spent most of my life living on Dharawal Land near La Perouse.

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Indigenous cultural and intellectual property and Terri Janke by Terri Janke

My name is Terri Janke and I am an Indigenous solicitor and author. I was born in Cairns, Queensland and have family connections with the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula (Meriam & Wuthathi). I live in Sydney where I established my law firm, Terri Janke and Company Pty Ltd in 2000, a private independent law firm specialising in providing professional and innovative legal solutions.

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My Story by Tess Herden

I have just completed a Diploma in Interactive Digital Media for which
I received an award for "High Achievement and Consistent Application".
I am excited about the prospects that they may bring.

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Pat Dudgeon shares her story

Education is important and it is never too late to take up studies. I left school when I was fifteen years old and worked as a waitress and bar person. After I had a child, I wanted to better myself so my family would be proud of me.

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Isaac Gibbs shares his story

I grew up in the small Indigenous community of Goodooga in north western New South Wales. The land on which Goodooga is situated traditionally belonged to the Gamilaraay people. Goodooga has a population of about 200, with most residents employed in nearby farm related industries.

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My Story by Chris King

I spent my first year of schooling in a small school situated in a town on the Tweed River called Tumbulgum. The following year my parents decided to make the move to Gilgandra in central western NSW to be closer to family and work opportunities. I then attended Gilgandra Public School and later St Josephs Primary. Gilgandra is a small town with a population of about 2700.

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Jamaya's Story

Hi Brothers and Sisters

My name is Jamaya and I'm a young Kamilaroi sister from NSW. I'm 17 turning 18 and I'm currently enrolled in year 12 doing my HSC at Boggabilla Central School. I'm also currently doing a traineeship in Queensland within the Goondiwindi Westpac Branch.

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Geoff Sentance shares his story

I am a proud Wiradjuri man and throughout my life I have been exposed to issues, which impact Indigenous communities. My strong appreciation of culture enables me to be fully conversant with cultural community structures that exist throughout Aboriginal communities on issues as cultural values, communication channels, extended family networks, skin groups and most importantly the Elder structure.

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Wayne McEwen- my story

Hi everyone, for those whom I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet, I hope our paths may cross one day soon, so we may make the connection. My name is Wayne McEwen and my ancestral bloodlines come from the Bundjalung mob from the Far North Coast of NSW. I'm a Goori fella whose is very proud of his people and their past achievements, and who have forged the way forward so others can follow.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples


The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognises the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

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