In­dige­nous in­spi­ra­tion

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FRE­MAN­TLE’S Vicky Bur­rows (28) has a call­ing to help oth­ers.

She leads the Abo­rig­i­nal Catholic Min­istry, held roles at Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion WA and was chap­lain at Bandyup Women’s Prison and Banksia Hill Ju­ve­nile De­ten­tion Cen­tre.

She also helped es­tab­lish the Aus­tralian In­dige­nous Men­tor­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence into univer­si­ties and high schools around WA, earn­ing her a nom­i­na­tion in the Young Lead­er­ship Award cat­e­gory of the WA Young Achiever Awards.

Ms Bur­rows said meet­ing many amaz­ing in­dige­nous peo­ple who were chang­ing the world in­spired her to be­come an ad­vo­cate for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

“As I learnt more about Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences, cul­ture and spirituali­ty I have be­gun to feel deeply more Aus­tralian,” she said.

“Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple can and are ad­vo­cat­ing for them­selves, how­ever there has al­ways been a im­por­tant role for non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in walk­ing along side this jour­ney.”

Vicky Bur­rows and friend Kim­ber­ley Ben­jamin.

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