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On ‘Welcome’: Migration, First Nations and Refugee Communities


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What’s in a welcome? It’s a word we hear often in relation to Australia’s refugee movement – but in the context of hostile refugee policy and unceded sovereignty, what meanings can it hold?

Together with the Refugee Council of Australia, we’re hosting the official launch of Refugee Week 2020. We’ll kick off the week-long celebration with a deep dive into the parallels and intersections between Indigenous and refugee rights, curated by director, creative producer and playwright Grace Edward and hosted by Shabnam Safa. Speakers from Australia’s First Nations and refugee communities will reflect on complex ideas of hospitality, community, diversity and tolerance – through Australia’s past and present.

Presented in partnership with Refugee Council of Australia.

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Shabnam Safa

Shabnam is the current Chair of the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG), a refugee led entity that envisions to create spaces, platforms and strong voices led by former refugees, people from refugee like backgrounds and people seeking asylum in key decision making tables, policy... Read more

Amiel Nubaha

Born and raised up in a refugee Camp following the Rwandan Genocide, Amiel Nubaha migrated to Australia in 2009 aged 14 through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Resettlement Program. Despite his recent refugee ordeal, Amiel recently graduated with a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Crimi... Read more

Gheran-Yarraman Steel (Briggs)

Gheran-Yarraman is currently undertaking his Juris Doctorate at Monash Law Chambers and has completed his MBA (Executive) at RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law, where he gained a passion for Design Thinking and Cultural Intelligence. As a purpose-driven Indigenous professional, Gheran now util... Read more

Ashlee Kearney

A proud Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman from far west New South Wales, Ashlee was born and spent most of her life on Dharug country in Auburn, NSW.  She studied a Bachelor of Educational Studies and an Associate Degree in Indigenous Education at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield... Read more

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