Shannan Dodson

Shannan Dodson

Who’s your mob and where were you raised?

My mob are the Yawuru people from the Broome area and I was born in Katherine, NT, moved to Darwin, then lived in Sydney and grew up mostly in Canberra! I now live in Sydney. So I've moved around!

How long have you been a member of the NAIDOC Committee?

I've been a member now for a whole of two months (September 2017)! But I'm really looking forward to the next three years and coming up with some solid ideas with the deadly committee.

What does NAIDOC mean to you?

NAIDOC for me represents a time that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples come together to celebrate our resilience, our successes, our culture, our pride and our strong communities. Through all the negative media stories and stark statistics, it's a time to come together as a community to recognise and promote the amazing contribution we make to this nation.

How will you be celebrating NAIDOC Week?

I'll be celebrating NAIDOC Week by attending the great events Sydney has to offer, taking the time to yarn with family and friends and getting myself flash for the NAIDOC Awards! 

Outside of NAIDOC what are your passions?

I'm passionate about promoting the importance of understanding mental health issues. This includes wider understanding of Intergenerational Trauma and the affect it has on our communities.

I'm also extremely passionate about any kind of cheese.

Fun fact – what don’t we know about you?

I'm a triple threat - according to me mostly!