In­dige­nous stu­dents cel­e­brate their jour­ney

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MORE than 50 fu­ture Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der lead­ers will have their ed­u­ca­tion jour­neys cel­e­brated tonight fol­low­ing the end of the school year.

The Smith Fam­ily’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Lisa O’Brien said the Smith Fam­ily’s In­dige­nous Youth Lead­er­ship Project gave young Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to com­plete their sec­ondary school ed­u­ca­tion at some of the coun­try’s best sec­ondary schools.

“Be­ing away from home and cul­tural con­nec­tions is not easy and can be con­fronting for young peo­ple who have grown up in re­mote or re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and then find them­selves at­tend­ing a new school in a ma­jor city,” she said.

“Work­ing to­gether with our part­ner schools, we help the stu­dents to de­velop lead­er­ship skills, broaden their ed­u­ca­tional hori­zons and re­alise their as­pi­ra­tions.”

The 56 grad­u­ates came from re­mote com­mu­ni­ties such as Gali­winku.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Grad­u­ates Char­lotte, Ni­cole, Ja­son and Shaquille at Hai­ley­bury yes­ter­day

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