Nura Gili News Edition 27 - Page 18

Teela Takes Parliament On March 16, the ‘NSW Parliamentary Friends of Reconciliation Launch’ was held at Parliament House. In 2016, the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Reconciliation re-established the Parliamentary Friends group to focus solely on the reconciliation and recognition of Indigenous Australians. Teela explained that “a treaty is not simply an option in NSW, it is absolutely necessary and it must respect the right to self-determination of Indigenous peoples.” This is a major achievement for Teela, as a UNSW and Nura Gili Alumni, who only recently completed her Postgraduate Juris Doctor (JD) at The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie UNSW. Whilst at UNSW, Teela managed to Williams, invited Wiradjuri and Wailwan accomplish a number of impressive woman, Teela Reid, to speak at the launch and achievements during her studies. At the 2014 talk about what reconciliation means to her. UNSW Indigenous Awards Night, Teela was Teela had the opportunity to speak alongside awarded the ‘Faculty of Law Spirit Award’ for Australia’s first Indigenous silk, Tony McAvoy, in her commitment to her Legal Studies and the front of a number of senior parliamentary student body. She also won the Inaugural ‘NSW figures, including the Premier of NSW, Mike Indigenous Barrister’s Trust Award’ at the 2015 Baird. UNSW Indigenous Awards Night. In that same year Teela published an article in the Indigenous Teela’s speech focused on the concept of Law Bulletin on the Constitutional l Recognition reconciliation and how the term has been used of Indigenous people. regularly, yet very little has changed in regard to the outcomes of Indigenous lives. She also Teela also ran for Vice President (Social Justice) spoke of the importance of creating of the UNSW Law Society and became the first conversation in regard to a treaty and how it Aboriginal Law student to be elected into the can assist in the redefinition of the relationships Society. Whilst running for Vice President, Teela between both Indigenous people and “the power also acknowledged the generous staff at Nura of this state.” Gili, who helped her throughout both her campaign and degree. Teela described Nura Gili as a “home-based on campus ... There was always a constant stream of support and it made University that little bit easier.” “A treaty is not simply an option in NSW, it is absolutely necessary and it must respect the right to self-determination of Indigenous peoples.” Teela will graduate from UNSW in June, but since completing her studies, she has been busy working as a Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Lucy McCallum at the Supreme Court of NSW. Teela’s role as a Tipstaff involves conducting legal research, preparing the judge for court and assisting in editing judgments. This position is a great stepping-stone into the legal profession for Teela, as it allows her to observe advocates defending their clients in court every day and consequently enables her to gain an understanding of what it takes to be both a smart and strategic lawyer. We wish Teela the best of luck with her upcoming graduation and her future endeavours outside of University! Teela pictured alongside Jeni Engel from the UNSW Law Faculty, and fellow Law students Corey Smith and Aaron Lowth at the 2014 UNSW Indigenous Awards Night Date: 10th June Location: Sydney Opera House UNSW Indigenous Society goes to Bangarra’s Community Night Production of “OUR Land People Stories” 18 Teela at the 2015 UNSW Indigenous Awards Night 19 Ticket SPECIAL $15 by using promo code “STORIES” at: aspx?p=368 Facebook event: events/345279352263061/