Pekeri Ruska is a Goenpul woman from North Stradbroke Island.
‘My social change proposal is to explore alternative models of home ownership for Aboriginal people, complemented by a review of the decolonisation of home design to embrace our culture and our ways of living.’
Pekeri has an inherent passion for social justice matters and spent five years working for Boe Lawyers as a paralegal whilst working toward her law and journalism degree. She then went on to be a Criminal and Civil law solicitor in Victoria, before moving home to North Stradbroke Island to work and volunteer for her own community. She has spent the last two years working as the General Manager of the North Stradbroke Island Aboriginal and Islanders Housing Co-operative Society Ltd.
‘Not residing in adequate housing is just one of the many factors keeping Aboriginal people at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. My vision is for all Indigenous people to obtain home ownership to provide for sustainable foundations imperative to improved social outcomes. These homes need to be designed in a way that honours culture, indigenous ways of living and fits in the landscape of modern living.’