Speakers Profile - Teela Reid










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Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, lawyer, essayist, storyteller and co-founder of @blackfulla_bookclub, a platform that honours First Nation�s Ancestors as the original Storytellers. Currently, Teela is a Sydney-based Senior Solicitor practicing in Aboriginal Land Rights litigation and is the current Practitioner in residence at Sydney Law School. She is also a campaigner for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

This year, Teela is the contribution editor for the Griffith Review 'Acts of Reckoning' Edition 2022. Her essay is titled; The Power of the First Nations Matriarchy: Warrior Women Reckoning with the Colony'. Her first essay was titled 2020 � the year of reckoning, not reconciliation. It�s time to show up! A soaring tribute to her late grandfather, Trevor �Toot� Reid. Her second essay is titled The Heart of Seeding First Nations Sovereignty � Can you handle the truth about Treaty?

Teela has also written opinions published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Washington Post, The Guardian, Marie Claire and The National Indigenous Times.

Teela was awarded 2022 Indigenous Leader at the Australian Law Awards. In 2021, Teela was named as a Future Shaper by Time Out Sydney for her public advocacy across a range of mediums. She was also awarded the 2020 UNSW Young Achiever for her contributions to the community, her advocacy as a working group leader on s 51(xxvi), the Race Power, in the Constitutional dialogue process that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart that culminated in the most historic calls for a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to enable a process of Treaty and Truth-telling. Teela was also recognised for her work as a key thinker and leading advocate behind the Walama Court, a proposal to establish an Aboriginal sentencing court at the NSW District Court jurisdiction.