I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the custodians of the land on which the university now stands. I would also like to pay my respect to elders, past and present.

My name is Tjarani Barton-Vaofanua and I am a proud Aboriginal, Samoan and Hungarian woman. My people are the Wakka Wakka people of South East Queensland and the Woolonga people of the Norther territory. I also say Talofa Lova in acknowledge of my Samoan heritage which goes back to Savai’i, Samoa via Auckland, New Zealand.

I have been elected as the UTSSA Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Officer for 2017. This year I will endeavour to ensure that the collective services the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student body. Alongside our regular meetings there will be events throughout the year to provide a place for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to socialise and connect with students.

Tjarani Barton-Vaofanua

About the Indigenous Collective

The UTS Indigenous Collective is a group, exclusively for Indigenous students and their interests. As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage is something that is personal, the Indigenous Collective is considerate of the varied experiences and opinions of its members at all times.

By holding regular autonomous meetings and social events, we work to provide a dynamic, collaborative and ethical platform for the sustained cultural, social and educational interests of Indigenous students.

Contact us: indigenous@utsstudentsassociation.org

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