T re­ceives in­au­gu­ral hes law schol­ar­ship

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at the hand­ing over t the firm’s Ge­org­eri­day, Gomes noted teful to the law firm more op­por­tu­ni­ties e for other in­di­geted in pur­su­ing ter­any

in­dige­nous per­a­ble to re­alise and po­ten­tial, sim­ply al con­straints, and I In­dige­nous per­son dige­nous com­mu­nity e who truly knows ndige­nous peo­ples. d, I would like them ppor­tu­ni­ties are en­dach out far enough she said. ked the APA and its aura Ge­orge and , who made re­combe­half.

Mean­while, Nigel Hughes, part­ner in the firm and son of the late Clarence A. F. Hughes SC, spoke of the long his­tory of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the law firm and the APA, be­fore re­it­er­at­ing the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing In­dige­nous youth de­sirous of purs­ing cour­ses in law.

Hughes noted that af­ter years of col­lab­o­ra­tion and work­ing in the in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, encouragement was given to vil­lage lead­ers to have those stu­dents who are bright, en­er­getic and am­bi­tious study law. This, he said, would have al­lowed them to ded­i­cate their time in the fu­ture to help­ing their peo­ples’ ef­forts to­wards the pro­tec­tion of their rights, both his­toric and cur­rent, as well as to also aid in their le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

He added that Gomes has “some out­stand­ing cre­den­tials” and that the firm

was both hon­oured and priv­i­leged to be able to pro­vide the schol­ar­ship to her.

Mean­while, Laura Ge­orge, of the APA, said that for many years encouragement was given to com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port stu­dents who were do­ing ex­ceed­ingly well at high school, so that they would go on to pur­sue ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of law and medicine.

She ex­plained that this is due to the com­petive­ness of the al­ready lim­ited sup­port given by the gov­ern­ment to­wards hin­ter­land stu­dents. “The rea­son we have been do­ing this is be­cause gov­ern­ment sup­port has been lim­ited, and quite com­pet­i­tive, as well as, be­ing quite out of reach for many of our in­dige­nous peo­ples,” she stated.

She said encouragement was given to district coun­cils to nom­i­nate their stu­dents but the re­sponse was slow un­til Gomes made an ap­peal to the APA for sup­port in pur­su­ing her ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

“But as much as we would have liked to of­fer help, our fund­ing does not cater un­for­tu­nately to give this kind of sup­port for aca­demics, and so we de­cided to ex­tend even more into the gen­eros­ity of Hughes, Fields and Stoby, and to Mr. Hughes who gen­er­ously and quite quickly said yes,” Ge­orge stated.

“Be­cause Miss Gomes is from the In­dige­nous peo­ples of the Pata­mona, she un­der­stands the chal­lenges when it comes to ac­cess to jus­tice. I know she will be there to lend her ser­vices when she be­comes an at­tor­ney,” she added.

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