Why I Joined Ngalaya: A Series

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Project Officer, Eliza, shares why she joined Ngalaya

I joined Ngalaya because I felt empowered to stand beside First Nations allies in battle. I felt excited to be part of a team of proud First Nations lawyers/students whose shared mission is to inspire, empower and celebrate this (and the next) generation of First Nations lawmakers.

Eliza Salvatori
Eliza Salvatori shares why she joined Ngalaya

I wholeheartedly believe that a person’s professional work or career path can be a reflection of their own values and aspirations for the world. Many of us are looking for meaningful work alongside other likeminded people who are equally passionate about change. 

It is unsurprising, then, that there are so many law students and lawyers turning to non-for-profit organisations, law firms and companies committed to systemic change and social good. 

This is particularly true for First Nations law students and lawyers. Many of us look for workplaces that not only strive for change for our People, but where everyone is truly in this together, fighting the same battles. 

That is why I joined Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation. 

I felt empowered to stand beside First Nations allies in battle. I felt excited to be part of a team of proud First Nations lawyers/students whose shared mission is to inspire, empower and celebrate this (and the next) generation of First Nations lawmakers.

Ngalaya is committed to supporting First Peoples and advocating for serious reform to the Australian justice system. We wholeheartedly believe that to address entrenching inequalities between First Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians, we need First Peoples’ voices. We need First Nations lawmakers & policy-makers. We need community & we need connection.

[W]e need First Peoples' voices. We need First Nations lawmakers & policy-makers. We need community & we need connection.

When I read about the Project Officer position – which was forwarded to my university email address by USYD’s Law Associate Professor – I knew that this job was for me. It was exactly what I had been searching for. It has purpose. On top of that, the role encourages creativity through creative content development and collaboration. 

In my spare time, I am creating written and visual content through a personal blog, video and social media. I am always searching for new ways to tell stories & to learn about others’ stories. How cool is it that now I have a job where I can express my passions for storytelling and digital content making!? 

Although I have only been part of the Ngalaya team for a month, I feel empowered and I feel proud. We have achieved a lot in such a short amount of time. We are working hard to develop digital resources for First Nations law students; we are reinvigorating the Ngalaya website; we are focused on increasing our online presence and engaging with existing (and new) members through social media; and we are creating videos to tell our stories. 

It is exciting, and it is a privilege to be working on such a meaningful project.

Eliza Salvatori, Project Officer, Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation
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