Australian Bureau of Statistics
Jessie Victoria Bonson, 27, is an enthusiastic advocate of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prosperity. Her dedication comes from her Torres Strait Island, North Queensland Heritage and her ancestry ties through her great-great grandmother Dolly Bonson, a Jawoyn woman from Knotts Crossing Katherine in the Northern Territory who was also known as Bett-Bett, the servant girl featured in We of the Never-Never and the main character in The Little Black Princess books by Jeannie Gunn.
Working in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics has provided her an avenue to represent her people when it comes to corporate consultation, engagement and returning relevant information back to the wider community. As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman she can relate personally to the Health issues the Australian Indigenous communities continue to face. Jessie emphasises and supports the process of producing practical publications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and not just about them.