Shakira Hansen joins kuril dhagun full time as a Project Officer and will be working with us on some big projects in 2019. Come in and say hi to Shakira on your next visit to State Library of Queensland.
Tell us about yourself?
I grew up in Clermont, Central Queensland and moved to Brisbane during my senior years of High School. Steep learning curve moving to a school where the total number of student’s was over twice my hometown’s population! I have also lived in Mackay, Central Queensland and Brighton, United Kingdom. I am a Gunggari and South Sea Islander woman, my mob is from Woorabinda, Central Queensland. I have spent the last 5 years travelling the world and working as a Project Officer for the Reparations Unit and Work History team at Community and Personal Histories team in DATSIP.
What will you be doing at SLQ?
As Project Officer for kuril dhagun, I will be working on the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL). My role will include curating, community engagement and events management.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love film; I am always watching a movie or series of some sort. I enjoy attending the diverse live music gigs Brisbane has to offer and immersing myself in nature. Enoggera reservoir would have to be my favourite place in Brisbane.
What inspires you?
The resilience, strength and determination of the women in my family.
What do you hope to get out of your time at SLQ?
Throughout my time here at SLQ I am hoping to grow professionally and culturally. SLQ is a very different agency to where I have worked previously; I have much to learn from my peers here. It is such a great and unique opportunity to be working within the cultural precinct and on the IYIL project. I hope to have wrapped my head around the jargon here at SLQ soon! Slowly but surely.