Braedyn Edwards was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Toronto as he was keen to hear from Indigenous scholars around the world and learn more about himself as well.
During the conference, Braedyn spoke about the culture of the Tjabal Centre at ANU and how it functions like a family.
"Tjabal has really made me want to learn more about my ancestors, family, culture and traditions. It will be a long road, but I've made small steps on this journey while I've been at ANU."
Braedyn especially appreciated the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships while he was in Toronto.
"Some of the presentations were incredible, especially those that spoke about decolonising universities. But after the conference I had some new friends from all over and I'm constantly learning from these people."
The impact of attending WIPCE has continued to influence Braedyn since his return to Canberra.
"The decolonising education workshops have really stuck with me. It's been something Indigenous students at the ANU have been talking about for a long time, and I'm always trying to find ways I can weave what I learnt at WIPCE into strategies here."
Braedyn is also keen that other students also take the opportunity to attend WIPCE.
"Definitely apply! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity. There are so many Indigenous peoples around the globe we can learn from, and it's an absolute privilege to hear them speak about topics that they are so passionate about."
Indigenous students at ANU who attend WIPCE are supported through funds raised by donors to The ANU Fund.
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Braedyn Edwards is currently working towards a Flexible Double Degree - Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of International Relations, at the ANU College of Law and ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences. He commenced in Semester 1, 2016.