Eight Indigenous students from UWA were selected from 12 WA representatives to participate in Constitutional Recognition Forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Australians held at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Sydney from 14 – 17 March. Claire Brettner, Casey Kickett, Micah Kickett, Kelsi Forrest, Dylan Collard, Maleeah Rind, Hira Rind and Ahmi Narkle were all successful in gaining a place to attend this forum.
By all accounts this was a great experience and as Kelsi Forrest, 2nd year Arts/law student, commented that “ the forum provided me with a wealth of knowledge about constitutional recognition for Indigenous people. It also equipped many of us with the drive to return our communities and create a “yes” vote at the next referendum. This is something that us WA mob are looking to create and implement here in Noongar and wider West Australian community and hopefully with some success.”
Casey Kickett, 3rd year Arts (Communications)/ Law student agreed that it was “an inspiring experience. The speakers were all experienced in their fields and renown for what they have contributed in the Indigenous community in Australia.” Like Kelsi, Casey commented that it has given them the impetus for WA participants to meet later this week and initiate a campaign, using skills they learned at the forum.