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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grants awarded

February 20, 2020

ACT Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grant programs support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to participate in lifelong learning, become community leaders and strengthen their cultural heritage.

More than $40,000 has been allocated through the latest round of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural, leadership and scholarship grants.

A cultural grant will support the development of a handbook on the repatriation of items of cultural significance from missions and reservations. This handbook will promote a wider understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and languages in the ACT.

Nine individuals will receive support through the Aboriginaland Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Scholarship grants. These grants will assist individuals with their study be going towards the purchasing of equipment, textbooks and other expenses.

Ms Wendy Somerville, a scholarship grant recipient in 2019 said, “The grant helped me at an important time when I really needed a laptop to take into the field for my PHD, titled Rummaging for stories through memories, archives and places. I’d encourage other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider how these grants can help you achieve what you want.”

These grant programs support the objectives of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019 – 2028 which outlines how the ACT Government works in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to improve the social, environmental, economic and cultural infrastructures within their communities.

Cultural integrity, lifelong learning and community leadership are key areas under the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement.

To learn more or apply for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grant, visit Community Services website.

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