The First Nations Unit
Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview is a community that welcomes and embraces the richness of culture and identity brought to us by our First Nations (‘Indigenous’) students and their families. We are actively committed to redressing the inequalities of access and educational outcomes by supporting First Nations students achieve to their highest potential, seeing this is as an essential part of “a faith that does justice”, especially in Australia today.
We have 36 First Nations students at the College, financially supported by their families, the Riverview Bursary Program, and organisations such as Yalari and AIEF, coming mainly from regional NSW, but as afar afield as Broome, Darwin and Cairns. Through the support of individual adult Mentors (drawn from Old Boys and current parents), of two dedicated Learning Enrichment staff, of Cultural Support Tutors and Volunteer Academic Tutors, we aim to fulfil the aspirations of First Nations students to go on to university and careers.
Our First Nations students contribute so much to the richness of our diverse cultural fabric at Riverview. They ground us in this ancient land and allow us to walk together into a more united, more just society.