Indigenous students acknowledged for leadership role

IPSWICH State High School students Roesha Shields and Atahnee Simpson have had the special indigenous leadership role they play acknowledged and honoured.

As two of nearly 90 Aboriginal and Islander students across the state who are involved in the Indigenous Student Ambassador network, Roesha and Atahnee promote cultural safety and belonging, enabling students to feel comfortable identifying as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

ISAN is an initiative of State School - Indigenous Education.

It provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 11 and12 students with school leadership ,opportunities.

It began as a trial program in 2013 and is today supported by 50 schools.

The initiative fosters leadership aspirations in indigenous students while promoting indigenous reconciliation and recognition in the local community.

On Friday, the two ISAN leaders were given a specially created badge, designed by Uncle Mark.

"This design signifies the importance of providing a voice for our indigenous leaders, and also symbolises the coming together and meeting of cultures, people and organisations," Uncle Mark said.



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