CIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee
The CIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee plays an important role in the governance of CIT and in the business planning for the delivery and support of Indigenous education at CIT.
Made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in the ACT community, the committee provides advice and guidance on training needs from industry and the community for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It also provides recommendations on how CIT Yurauna and CIT can better respond to these needs.
Jude Barlow - Chair
Aunty Agnes Shea OAM
Aunty Agnes Shea is a Senior Elder of the Ngunnawal people, born at Hollywood Mission Yass, on the traditional lands of her Ngunnawal ancestors. She is a strong voice for Aboriginal people and her community, including as a founding member of the United Ngunnawal Elders Council.
As a senior Ngunnawal Elder in her 80's she is very active in the community life. She encourages Aboriginal people across a range of issues and concerns including employment, justice and health. She works closely with CIT and CIT Yurauna on Indigenous education, supporting literacy and numeracy, mental health, human rights, and a range of accredited training.
She has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal and ACT Chief Minister's Senior Citizen of the Year for her advocacy and bringing about positive change in the community and delivers traditional Welcomes to Country across the ACT for the benefit of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Aunty Agnes is well-known by people from all walks of life - politicians of all parties, embassies, entertainers and the general public, she is respected and loved by all.
Ms Roslyn Brown
Roslyn serves as a member of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB), is the Chairperson of the United Ngunnawal Elders Council and co-chair of the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm.
Through her various roles she has advocated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on issues such as housing, justice, caring, disability and health and successfully lobbied to establish holistic health care, training opportunities and support structures for Indigenous people in the ACT.
Roslyn has been a member of the CIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory committee for eight years.
Ms Joyce Graham
Joyce is currently Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Service at the Canberra Hospital where she helps to provide cultural social and emotional wellbeing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families.
Previously, she has worked in the federal government with issues relating to her mob such as housing/homeless, education and students and social issues as well as managing community organisations.
Joyce has a long connection with CIT Yurauna, as her brother and son have studied there and she herself now undertakes studies in cultural arts.
She believes CIT Yurauna is a very valuable community drop in for present and past students as well as community members and is proud to be connected to it and to CIT as a member of the CIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.