Shannan is a Yawuru (Broome area) woman who was born in Katherine in the Northern Territory and currently lives in Sydney. Shannan has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over 13 years and is a communications and digital specialist.
Shannan is the Communications Manager for the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) Office at the University of Technology Sydney. She is also is an Indigenous Affairs Officer for Media Diversity Australia which seeks to promote balanced representation in Australian media that more accurately reflects the Australian community, and is also a Community Ambassador for R U OK? and board member of ANTaR. Shannan is passionate about First Nations' rights and understanding mental health issues, particularly intergenerational trauma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
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.