Trainee forges in­di­gen

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

FOR Townsville’s Jes­sica Skip­per, the NAIDOC Week cel­e­bra­tions are all about cel­e­brat­ing her her­itage and the many achieve­ments of the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity.

The 22- year- old Depart­ment of De­fence in­dige­nous trainee is a proud Kokatha woman who is cur­rently based in Can­berra.

As the daugh­ter of full- time Aus­tralian De­fence Force mem­bers, Ms Skip­per grew up in a va­ri­ety of places, but spent a ma­jor­ity of her time in Townsville and Ip­swich.

Ms Skip­per said NAIDOC Week was a chance to celebrate Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der “Our cul­ture is still very muc and NAIDOC Week is the per por­tu­nity to teach chil­dren to b of their achieve­ments and achieve­ments we have made,” s

“It’s a chance to bring toge Aus­tralians, both in­dige­nous a in­dige­nous from all walks of learn and ap­pre­ci­ate each cul­ture.”

Un­der­tak­ing her in­dige­nou ee­ship through the APS Ind Path­ways Pro­gram, Ms Skip work­ing on the Di­rec­torate of Ca­reer Man­age­ment – Army

LET’S GO: Mark Horn, with Cpl Jac­qui Roest and ACW Sarah Love, set for the

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