Jackie is a young Indigenous woman from a remote community in rural Australia. She is studying criminal justice at university, with the goal of helping the kids in her home town.
In this interview, she talks about her passion for helping others, for making a difference in other people’s lives, especially the lives of young people, and how those values emerged in her life.
“As an Indigenous person, I get told a lot that I’m never going to amount to anything because I am Indigenous. But you have that one person, like the youth worker, the Indigenous support officer at the uni, they tell you otherwise, they tell you you’ve got potential, you’re gonna get somewhere.”
“I want to stop racism. I know it’s never going to happen. But I have that hope of stopping racism. I know what it feels like to be the victim of that and I don’t want anyone else to feel that way.”
“I want everyone to feel what I feel on a daily basis from my family and friends. And if I can do that for some young person and make them feel that love, I hope something will click in them and be like ‘Oh yes, I do have the potential.’ I think I’m already doing it.”
“I think that’s our [Aboriginal] value as well, the belonging, the acceptance.”