Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement

25% of the people who use our services identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Our Aboriginal staff members work across our city offices and in regional, rural and remote areas. If you would like to have a yarn with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement advisors Glendra, Sigrid, Dean, Robert (in Sydney), Fiona and Jade (in Melbourne), Margaret (in Perth), or Nikki (in Brisbane) give them a call on our free advice line 1800 605 762.

Partnerships

When possible and appropriate, knowmore works in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal service providers. knowmore staff recognise and respect the unique role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, as specialist and culturally appropriate legal service providers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Interview with knowmore’s Auntie Glendra Stubbs

Auntie Glendra Stubbs tells her story of working at knowmore as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Advisor. Auntie Glendra supports survivors of institutional sexual abuse to tell their story in a safe, culturally sensitive way.

Read the video transcription

Interview with knowmore’s Auntie Glendra Stubbs

DESCRIPTION: On a grey background, the knowmore logo. Logo text, with the letters K and W in teal and the phrase “no more” in white: knowmore, free legal help for survivors. White text on black: Over a quarter of knowmore’s clients identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. A woman stands on a street.

AUNTIE GLENDRA STUBBS: Aboriginal people have had a lot of harm done to them. And to tell their story again comes at a cost.

DESCRIPTION: Looking skywards, she stands in front of a statue of a woman. Text: Glendra Stubbs. She sits in a house and speaks to camera.

AUNTIE GLENDRA STUBBS: I’m Auntie Glendra Stubbs. My Aboriginal name is Galiindurra, which means ‘peaceful waters’.

DESCRIPTION: She walks down the street, past a row of terrace houses.

AUNTIE GLENDRA STUBBS: I am a Wiradjuri woman. I’ve been working at knowmore since the beginning. I have a list of things that I need to have addressed before I put my hand up to work somewhere. And those three criteria are integrity, making a difference and doing no more harm.

DESCRIPTION: Auntie Glendra looks at a piece of handprint art taped to the wall.

AUNTIE GLENDRA STUBBS: When I found out that it was going to be wraparound services, so it wasn’t just going to be, “tell your story and get out of here”, it was going to be, you know, respectfully and culturally sensitive, I thought, “Yeah, this is where I want to be”.

DESCRIPTION: White text on black: knowmore’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team works nationally to ensure cultural sensitivity. In a kitchen, Auntie Glendra pours water from a kettle into a mug, then takes a sip of her drink.

AUNTIE GLENDRA STUBBS: My role at knowmore has been Aboriginal Engagement Advisor, which means engaging with Aboriginal people to be in a place to tell their story, the stuff that had happened to them in institutions, in a safe, cultural way.

DESCRIPTION: Two photos of Auntie Glendra with knowmore’s Dean Bell and another individual appear onscreen.

AUNTIE GLENDRA STUBBS: There are a big number of Aboriginal people that have come forward. So people are supported gently through this process and given advice about which way they should go.

DESCRIPTION: Auntie Glendra goes to the front door and walks down another suburban street.

AUNTIE GLENDRA STUBBS: People can expect when they come to knowmore to be listened to, to be respected, to have their story and their account of what’s happened in their life. And storytelling is really important in our community. We have people here that have cultural knowledge and can help you along your journey.

DESCRIPTION: A montage of scenes: a stained glass panel with a calling kookaburra pattern, the Redfern Park gates, a clock tower.

AUNTIE GLENDRA STUBBS: This has given people justice and a voice to the voiceless, who have been controlled and managed and not listened to, now have the things that have been missing in their life come together. They will have someone that believes their account of what’s happened in their life. It’s a personal journey for a lot of us Aboriginal staff.

DESCRIPTION: White text on black: To receive free legal advice and support please contact us at 1800 605 762, knowmore.org.au.