Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in Marine Science (ATSIMS)
ATSIMS empowers First Nations secondary students in North Queensland to pursue further studies and consider future careers in marine science and management. The program builds connections between traditional ecological knowledge and western science knowledge offering students a two-way learning experience. This approach will not only benefit the students participating but also their individual communities and ultimately, the Great Barrier Reef.
“In recent years there has been increasing recognition of the critical contribution that Indigenous knowledge makes to biodiversity conservation, ecological processes, and sustainable resource use and management.” (Inspiring Australia, 2013 p.3). However, at the tertiary level, the lack of Indigenous students pursuing science is driven by student beliefs that mentors, role models, career prospects, and positive outcomes for the students and their communities are not recognised (Inspiring Australia, 2013 p.4).
ATSIMS aims to connect First Nations students to field-based learning opportunities and workshops led by a range of local and regional experts. The program is supported by Traditional Owners and representatives, and Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger groups within the North Queensland region.