Indigenous Student Association Report

Indigenous Student Association Report

National Indigenous Tertiary Education Students Games

The team consisted of 16 members and a team manager from sport UNE. The team trained three days a week and then almost every day leading up to the games. The trip was well organised as we drove to Coffs Harbour to then fly to Melbourne and then drove to Geelong for the games. Our accommodation was well organised and the team were very responsible and respectful. Our team played very strongly against other teams in all sports and came 25th out of 35 Universities. This was a great achievement as our team improved from the year before. Overall our team had an exciting trip and look forward to play in the indigenous games next year in Sydney at Macquarie university.  

“Our team played very strongly against other teams in all sports


This year the ISA were proud to hold their first student NAIDOC Dinner. It was such an amazing night. Students, UNE Staff including the VC Annabelle Duncan, and community members enjoyed a night celebrating culture and the achievements of Indigenous students at UNE. A cultural performance consisting of traditional dance, digeridoo playing as well as the sharing of traditional stories, was much enjoyed by all in attendance. There was a range of speakers, with Caitlin Picker, and Callum Clayton-Dixon/ Brad Widders speaking on this year’s NAIDOC theme “Our Languages Matter” and why language is an essential aspect of culture. Outgoing ISA president Bryce Wilson presented a speech, in which he congratulated UNE Indigenous students for their achievements, as well as the outgoing executive committee. He gave a brief run-down on the history of the ISA and what circumstances lead to the ISA wanting to put on an event of a grand scale. Annabelle Duncan also presented a speech. It was a night enjoyed by all who had attended! We look forward in organising another dinner for NAIDOC in 2018. 

ISA Annual General Meeting

The ISA held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday the 2nd of August where the executive team gave their reports of the past year they had and what achievements they have had not only for themselves but for the indigenous student on campus. The executive roles were handed over to Dawn Lewis as the President, Lorrae-June Kennedy as the Vice President, Russell Devine as the Secretary, Mikaela Bartlett as the Treasurer and Caitlin Picker as the Social Coordinator.  

Meet the ISA Board

President – Dawn Lewis

“My name is Dawn Lewis and I am a Woolwonga woman studying a bachelor of Art / science double degree majoring in archaeology and genetics here at UNE. I am the great granddaughter of Nelly Flynn through my maternal line. My mob is based in NT still, but I grew up in QLD. This has often meant I’ve felt isolated from my family and has caused me to struggle with my identity. This is one of the reasons I feel so strongly about ensuring the protection, strength and representation of our Indigenous community on and off campus at UNE. Our community has been a great source of strength for me over the years and I hope to give back to our future students.” 

Vice president – Lorrae-June Kennedy

“My name is Lorrae-June Kennedy and I am studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in management on campus at UNE.  I am Gomeroi/Kamilaroi on my mother’s side and yularoi on my father’s side. I was born and raised in Moree NSW and am a proud Gomeroi woman. 

Secretary -  Russell Devine

“My name is Russell Devine and I am studying a bachelor of Education K-12 on campus at une. I was born in Katoomba NSW and spent my first few years living in wimmalee before moving to the snowy mountains region.” 

Treasurer- Mikaela Bartlett

‘My name is Mikaela Bartlett and I am studying a Bachelor of science majoring in Genetics on campus at UNE. I am a proud thungutti woman of the dunghutti nation, my culture, heritage and spiritual identity is extremely Important to me and I am proud to represent other koori kids, both on and off campus as part of the ISA executive team.  

Social Coordinator – Caitlin Picker 

“My name is Caitlin Picker and I am a second-year Media and Communications student. Im originally from Moree NSW. When I finish my degree, I aim to work in public relations. I am determined to develop the publicity and branding of ISA, and ultimately I want to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander representation in mainstream media.” 

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