Atalanta Lloyd-Haynes Indigenous Knowledge Honours Scholarship 2021 @ SCU

Atalanta was the Lord’s Taverners NNSW Indigneous Knowledge Honours Scholar for 2021 and studied at the Southern Cross University Campus at Coffs Harbour.

The Lord Taverners Scholarship has enabled me to take on the Honours component in the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge degree with Gnibi at Southern Cross University. Indigenous Knowledge as a discipline within Southern Cross University has been immensely beneficial for me as a woman and a scholar. I had been attempting to gain a tertiary qualification since 1999 when I enrolled in Social Science with UNE. The B IndgK is the first degree I have successfully completed, and I was very happy to get a place in the Honours programme to finish off this degree. My Honours thesis is an autoethnographic reflection of how principled engagement with Indigenous Knowledge is a pathway to mediating historical and ongoing colonising processes in my personal and interpersonal relationships.

Successful completion of the Gonours programme will give me options for further study at Masters or Doctorate level if I want to continue within the Academy. The scholarship has allowed me to focus on my thesis, be present to guide my daughters through their teenage years and continue voluntary work within my community.