Adelaide Program 2011

The Long Walk is pleased to present Terri janke, Karina Lester, Shelley Ware, Leila Gurruwiwi and Sonia Rankine.


Terri Janke


Terri Janke is Indigenous Australian lawyer. Born in Cairns, she is of both Torres Strait Islander (Meriam) and Aboriginal heritage (Cape York – Wuthathi).

Terri has been living in Sydney for over 20 years. A graduate of the UNSW (BA. LLB), Terri is admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Her Sydney based law firm, Terri Janke and Company Pty Ltd (est. 2000) was the first private independent Indigenous law firm owned by a woman in Australia focusing on Indigenous arts and intellectual and cultural property. The firm is internationally known for leading debate, law and policy in the area of Indigenous intellectual and cultural property. However, the firm advises Indigenous cultural organisations, artists, creators and provides general business law advice. A growing part of the practise its trade mark management.

Terri is also a writer and has written a novel and children’s books with each of her two children. She is currently enrolled in a PhD at the Australian National University.

Terri is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a board member of Tourism Australia

Karina is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman who grew up in Mimili community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in the Far North West of South Australia. In her spare time she works as an Anangu Interpreter and Translator for the Western Desert Language that covers a large area of the State and she advocates the importance of using Anangu interpreters but also the importance to up skill, support, employ and value Aboriginal interpreters. Since 2004 she was the Aboriginal member on the Natural Resources Management Council (NRMC) and provided advice on the ways to engage with and work with Aboriginal people across South Australia in the delivery of Natural Resources Management programs and also was the Chair for the Aboriginal State-wide Advisory Committee (sub-committee NRMC) 2008 to 2011. Karina is very passionate about maintaining her Aboriginal Language and about hearing from other South Australian Aboriginal people on how they would like to revive and maintain their languages.

Karina is currently employed as the Aboriginal Language Worker for the Mobile Language Team hosted at the University of Adelaide that supports Aboriginal Languages across South Australia in the area of language revival and maintenance. Being a speaker of the Yankunytjatjara she is very concerned of the risks surrounding her people’s language and the importance of keeping the language strong and ongoing for the future generations.

Leila Gurruwiw


Originally from Elcho Island and Gove, North East Arnhem Land, Leila has lived in Victoria for most of her life. Leila has worked on the Marngrook Footy Show as a Reporter and News reader since the show began in 2007 and is also a regular presenter on the Marngrook radio program. She has a great understanding and love for the game and is a keen Western Bulldogs supporter.


Shelley Ware


Shelley is originally from South Australia and follows the Carlton football club. One of the original cast members of Channel 7’s “Live and Kicking” she was also a presenter on the Marngrook radio show for a number of years before taking a break to raise a family.
Shelley is now the mother of Taj, and works 2 and a half days a week away from Marngrook as a Primary School Teacher.
Shelley returned to the Marngrook Footy Show in 2010 as a Reporter and Presenter of the News and Tiddas Tips

Sonia Rankine


Sonya Rankine is Narungga/Ngarrendjeri woman from South Australia who writes from her heart and reflects on her personal experiences. Sonya is a singer/songwriter whose musical influences are varied and are reflected through her original work with a strong jazz/blues feel. Her beautiful vocals share her stories and journey. Sonya was a graduate in 2008 of the Centre of Aboriginal Studies in Music at the University of Adelaide. Performed at various showcase events in Adelaide, notably at the Fuse Festival, National Indigenous Higher Education dinner, Tandanya, Country Arts SA Our Mob Exhibition launch, SA NAIDOC Ball 2010 & 2011 and SA NAIDOC Family Fun Day with SingSistaSing