Inspiring video shares stories of Indigenous university students
Wednesday 12 October 2016
An inspirational video project exploring the experience of Indigenous students studying at university in New South Wales was launched this month in Bathurst.
“The Front Line”, a collaborative video produced by 13 Indigenous students studying at Charles Sturt University, celebrates the journey of a number of Indigenous students from a range of backgrounds, all of whom are the first in their family to attend university.
The video shows the challenges, joys and successes of these inspirational students as they navigate the world of university study.
Some of the stories that are featured in the video include:
Michael Graham: "They say education is the key, but they keep changing the locks."
Jackie Burke: "I went in blind, I took a risk, I left country, I jumped in the deep end… I could have drowned but I chose to swim."
Isaac Nowland: "It all comes down to choice, it's hard to lead the way when you're searching for direction. People even judge you when you're white."
Michelle Miller: "I'm a mother of five, a wife and now a full time student… I've always wanted to go to university. To better myself, to break the cycle and to show my children you are not restricted by your age, or by the colour of your skin. It's never too late, it all comes down to choice, and for me quitting is not an option."
Marley Blair: "…The bottom line is this: only 40 per cent of our mob finish high school, seven out of 10 of our young people will end up in jail, and there's only one way to make change for my people and that's to do it myself."
The video was produced with assistance from Desert Pea Media, Bathurst Wiradjuri Elders and Australian Government HEPPP funding.
More information about the project can be found here.