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Shekira Cardona
LLB / BB (QUT)

Shekira Cardona

Solicitor

Expertise

Shekira is a proud Barunggam, Bardi and Kungarakan woman from Larrakia Country in Darwin, Northern Territory. She has expertise in native title, sacred sites protection and advocacy, legislation drafting and law reform.  Having worked with First Nations communities for the last 8 years, Shekira has extensive experience engaging and consulting with First Nations peoples in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory.


Experience

Shekira was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in March 2022, after graduating with a Bachelor of Business (Distinction) in 2017 and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2020 from Queensland University of Technology. She came to TJC after working in private, public, university and land council settings. As a skilled policy writer, Shekira has worked on a range of government matters concerning First Nations social policy, particularly justice, education and health. Shekira has represented clients in the National Native Title Tribunal and the High Court of Australia. She has sat on various RAP Committees and has experience developing strategies and recommendations to improve outcomes for First Nations people and businesses.

Community

Shekira is part of the Aurora Indigenous Scholars Alumni, after she was selected as a 2022 scholar to attend a study tour in the United Kingdom. During and post university studies, Shekira has worked as a Student Mentor to support First Nations people interested in higher education. Living on beautiful Larrakia Country, Shekira enjoys her weekends at the markets eating laksa, watching the best sunsets from Nightcliff beach and weekend getaways to Kungarakan Country (Litchfield National Park) for a swim.

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