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Listening to First Nations Voices — Podcast 12

Listening to First Nations Voices Podcast · Podcast 12 Wendy Sommerville discusses the COVID-19 vaccination

This Podcast was recorded on 24th of September 2021

The idea for this podcast came from Associate Professor Samia Goudie

In this episode of the First Nations Podcast we discuss the impacts of COVID-19, and more specifically the COVID vaccine. The main topic of this podcast is the treatment of the Indigenous population in the ACT and around Australia during the pandemic. Vaccine hesitancy is also discussed in the Indigenous community and where the government might have gone right or wrong with the vaccine rollout. Joining us on today’s episode is Wendy Sommerville who helps us to discuss current issues and hopefully get a deeper dive in the chosen topic. (This podcast was recorded on the 24th of September 2021, all information used was current to the recording date)

Music and sound credit:

Kinoton, Deep Whoosh #2,

Credited as: Music: Sparks by Chael (

Acacia Simmons:

Hello! Acacia here, I am a non-Indigenous second year film student (2021) currently studying at the University of Canberra. I have a passion for telling stories, and helping others to tell the story they would like to tell through the audio-visual format. Indigenous affairs are something that I am passionate about and wish to bring to the forefront of the discussion on the current pandemic. I have used this opportunity to research the Indigenous perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2021 and the vaccine rollout.

Seth Arnould:

Hello, I’m Seth and I am a non-Indigenous student from Canberra and I’m second year student (2021) studying a Bachelor of Arts (digital media) at the University of Canberra.  I was keen to work on this project because I was able to learn more about creating a podcast and learning more about the Aboriginal community and how they have gone with the current pandemic. The working on project also showed me how things can change in the environment and adapt to the current situation, by basically doing everything online.

Thomas Quinn: Hey! I am a non-Indigenous student who has a passion for all forms of digital media. I study at UC, and I am in my second year of studies doing a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media. This podcast is the first podcast that I have had the privilege to work on. This podcast expanded my knowledge with the Indigenous population and the COVID-19 vaccine, I previously haven’t had much experience in either of these topics.

Interviewee: Wendy Sommerville

Wendy is a lecturer at the University of Canberra. She is a Jerrinja woman and has worked within the Indigenous community. She joins the podcast today to discuss to issues and share her opinion on the COVID vaccine and COVID within the Indigenous community.

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