UMSU Stands in Solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers should be aware that the following statement contains the name of someone who has passed away and may be quite distressing.*

UMSU stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today. It was less than a year ago that Elijah Doughty, a 14 year old Aboriginal boy from Kalgoorlie-Boulder, was killed by a 56 year old white man who was chasing him and ran him down in his 4WD.

Last week this man was sentenced to 3 years jail time for reckless driving occasioning death. He will be eligible for parole in February 2018.

This news has been highly distressing and we recognise the hurt and pain that many of our Indigenous students have felt during this time as you empathise with Elijah’s family and as you worry about your own brothers, nephews, cousins and communities.

We want to remind everyone that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives matter, that you have a safe and welcomed place on all University of Melbourne campuses.

In light of these events, the Naarm (Melbourne), Justice for Elijah Doughty protest will be taking place this afternoon from 4PM in front of Parliament House. We encourage our community to come and stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

You can find more information about the protest here.

Yan Zhuang
UMSU President

 

If you have felt distressed by any of this and are in need of help, or know someone who does, we encourage you to please reach out and seek support.

Lifeline – 13 11 14

Melbourne Uni Psychological and Counselling services – 03 8344 6927