Jess Sinnott

Cultural Educator/Owner

My name is Jess Sinnott is a Yuin and Wailwan woman living in Sydney. I have gained a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal culture, history, and heritage from her family, community and co-workers.

I work/have worked as an Aboriginal Education Officer/Tour Guide for a number of renowned tourist attractions/organisations:

  • The Aboriginal Heritage Office - North Sydney

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens - Sydney

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service - Royal National Park

  • Sydney Learning Aventures - The Rocks, Sydney

  • Taronga Zoo - Bradley's Head

  • TAFE NSW Sydney, and Northern Sydney Institute

​As an Aboriginal Education Officer my main goals are to change the perceptions of Australian Aboriginal history and culture, and to make learning about our first peoples fun and entertaining!

Judith Jarrett

Cultural Educator
 

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My name is Jude jarrett.

I am a proud Gumbayngiir woman.

I am a qualified childcare worker with over 20 years experience working in preschools and primary schools.

I find art is the activity that  crosses many boundaries ages and cultures.

I hold a cert 2,3 & 4 in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts.

 I have run art workshops for children and adults in schools,afterschool care

I have done two large murals in office buildings in the CBD and have a painting in the City of Sydney people's art collection.

My artwork has been used to illustrate a children's book, flyers, and used with official presentations.

Charleen Aguiar Dos Santos

Cultural Educator
 

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My name is Charleen Aguiar Dos Santos,

I belong to the Bunya Bam of the Wakka Wakka,

I belong to the Dunghatti where the fresh water meets the salt water,

I belong to the Gamilaroi where dinawan flies,

I belong to the Ngiyampaa where Ngunnuh lies.

Through my father I am also Yuin.

My family proudly come from Brewarrina and Walgett, in far north west NSW. An I consider myself an educational activist. Acting locally to act globally.

I have received professional performing arts training for 2 years at NAISDA Dance College. 

Before, during and since that time I have also performed traditional dance in front live audiences of 1 to thousands and I have exchanged culture with the people from Walpirri, Yolgnu, pitjatjinjarra, Port Morsby of Papua New Guinea.

My experiences have lead me to perform for descendance in Alice Springs, I have travelled to remote desert and top end communities teaching hip-hop which then lead me to become a youth worker in Yuendumu, NT. After which I ran youth dance groups for ka-poon-dee in Raymond Terrace, NSW. And eventually I ended up at the Sydney Australian Museum as a tour guide where i also expanded my skills into developing programs and leading workshops. I was recruited by the Powerhouse Museum to be apart of the first ever Indigenous Registrar Team to develop and implement new labelling, policies, object storage and there public display etc. We were tasked with making the policies and procedures regarding our First People's Objects and any contemporary interpretations were culturally appropriate and inclusive.

I have been privileged to collaborate with the Sydney Living Museum running weaving workshops and assisting stall holders and assisting with the delivering workshops and crowd control. 

I later returned to the Australian Museum for the Global  Multi Award Winning exhibition 'Unsettled' in which I was a tour guide.

I am also a traditional craftsman, educator and performer. I weave, wood carve, make native adornments, and paintings.

Trent Kelly

Cultural Educator/ Koorikinnections Administrator

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My name is Trent Kelly. I am a proud Yuin and Wailwan man. I was born and raised in the LaPerouse Aboriginal community in South Eastern Sydney on Dharawal country. I draw my cultural knowledge from my family, my community and co-workers and strive to extend and deepen this knowledge as I believe that cultural education is a lifelong endeavor. 

I have worked in education for many years including both high school and primary school. I have worked at schools with high populations of indigenous students and otherwise.

I am currently a part of The Aboriginal Cultural Residents Program which is an initiative by The University of New South Wales that is attempting to install Aboriginal cultural educators into primary schools as part of the standard curriculum.

I believe that ignorance breeds prejudice, so as an educator i believe that it is my duty to share my cultural knowledge and insight with a broad audience in order to widen our understandings of one another and close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

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