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Dylan Collard

I am a Wajuk and Baladong Nyungar Man and grew up around Armadale, Fremantle and Narrogin until I was about 12 and then moved to a small wheatbelt town called Kondinin and attended High School until year 9 there before receiving an IYLP scholarship to Guildford Grammar School for Years 10, 11 and 12. After school I stayed in Perth to continue with my studies and most of my family live around Perth now too.

The scholarship program is something I will forever be grateful for, it not only gave me three years at one of the best schools in Perth, but also supported me early in my University degree. I was fortunate to be able to attend the IYLP conference for each of my secondary years (Melbourne 2007, Sydney 2008 and Brisbane 2009) and I also attended a tertiary conference in Sydney in 2011. These conferences were invaluable in terms of providing me with support and networks all across Australia. The conferences also provided me with leadership skills and the ability to set goals and also helped with steps to achieving those goals.

I remember going to my first conference, it was my first time on a plane, since then I have been on many trips, for both leadership related activities and also for holidays. I have been on leadership actives both nationally and internationally and recently attended Washington D.C. and New York City on a study Abroad program for two weeks to learn from the Native American peoples and their culture, which I found to be an amazing experience and I learned many things.

Currently I am in my penultimate year of Law and Arts degrees at the University of Western Australia where within arts I major in Political Science and International Relations and Indigenous Studies. I love travelling and have done a bit around Australia and look to do some more around the world towards the end of this year and next year and throughout my life. I hope to graduate at the end of 2016 and upon graduation start as a graduate with a WA based law firm, Lavan Legal where I currently work one day a week. Whatever I do in the future I hope to do it to improve the current situation my people are in and to make this place a better one for future generations of Aboriginal people.

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