currently employs 4 Indigenous interns through a 10x10 partnership with
CareerTrackers – a national non-profit organisation which creates internship
opportunities for Indigenous university students. Gadens has an extensive
history committed to reconciliation and creating professional opportunities for
Indigenous interns and cadets.
Liam Roberts, Suzie Howard,
Mikaela French and Kathryn Dorante are currently employed as Indigenous interns
in the Litigation, Financial Services Recovery, Banking and Finance, and
Business Support Services departments respectively.
This month’s Intern News will
explore each intern’s Indigenous heritage (refer to map).
I am a proud Aboriginal man. My family come from a town called
Mungindi on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. Our people are
the Kamilaroi nation where the traditional language is Gamilaraay. The
Kamilaroi nation is one of the largest indigenous nations of Australia and
spans from Singleton to Nindigully.
My heritage stems from the Torres
Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea. My mob is from Saibai Island which is very
far North Queensland and only 4 kilometres from PNG. The language spoken is
Kalaw Kawaw Ya and the totem is a snake and crocodile. I have had the privilege
of travelling around the Pacific and Torres Strait Islands when I was younger
due to my father's work. I was born in Mount Hagen, PNG and spent some of my
infant years living in the Highlands. I then moved to Thursday Island and then
the Cook Islands before coming to Australia to commence my schooling.
I am a proud Torres Strait
Islander from Mabuiag Island. My tribe is the major tribe of Wagadagam which
resides on the northwest side of the island. My tribal wind is the northwest
wind, my tribal constellation is the shark (baithum) and my major tribal
totem is the crocodile (koedal). My cultural language is Kala
Lagaw Ya. As a child I grew up mainly around Horn Island, Thursday Island,
Prince of Wales and Badu Island, where I learnt cultural traditions passed on
by my family from our ancestors.
I am a proud Torres Strait Islander woman and my Indigenous heritage
stems from my father. The family of my Aka (grandmother) originates from Moa
Island where the totems are a pigeon and crocodile. My Athe’s (grandfather’s) family
originates from Hammond Island where the totem is the hammerhead shark. I am
extremely fortunate to be surrounded by passionate family members who teach me
about my Indigenous culture and heritage.