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If we can all walk the path of reconciliation, we as Indigenous people of Australia can stand proud, be recognised, heard, respected and valued.
From: Phillip Martin
What are your aspirations for the future?
My aspiration for my future is to finish my current degree. I would then like to further my studies and enrol in a Masters of Public Relations so I can help build partnerships between Indigenous communities and local government. This will allow for me to gain increased knowledge, skills, and attributes, to work towards achieving these goals. My other goal is to compete in a Tennis event in Cleveland USA this year 2014. Tennis has been my sport all my life and I wish to utilise my skills by developing a program in my community.
Who is your role model and why?
My grandmother and mother are my two biggest role models. They have shaped me into who I am today. I was raised to always respect your elders, people and cultures. My grandmother who is a victim of the Stolen Generation is so influentual to me because of her grace and her strength. She never complains or gives up and is a true fighter. So when things have been tough in my life, I always think of my grandmother, for what she has been through, and to remain positive, strong, spiritually connected and grounded.
What do you think makes a strong future?
Healthy lifestyles within our communities. Health is the biggest contributing factor for Indigenous people in Australia. I'ts important we all try to lead a healthy lifestyle. Education is also a huge factor for our youth and people. If we can all walk the path of reconciliation, get educated, continue to be a voice in our communities, we as Indigenous people of Australia can stand proud, be recognised, heard, respected and valued.
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