I apologise if you have taken offence. I had my nursing education with 3 Indigenous students from the Kurnai people, with a capital, of east gippsland.
They informed us of having their HeCS. Books and accommodation totally paid for by the government to encourage Aboriginal people into the professional health system, this was 15 years ago and I have been told by nursing students in my area there are schemes today, mainly to work with their own people as they have the knowledge and understand the culture much much better than any non aboriginal do.
We applauded this idea and had a great time at uni learning of the Kurnai people who come from the same place as I, yet so different.
Indigenous people on other countries to be recognised have to prove they are 20% or 30%. Etc. Bloodline. As with Eskimo people in Alaska, Indigenous from Hawaii, Indian in America and Canada, just to name a few other indigenous people's.
I was just trying to describe differences as a person who finds a relative that was identified as Australian Aboriginal needs, not to prove a bloodline, but needs to be recognised by an elder and they do not always have dark skin and dark hair as in stereotyping. Just like someone who is a descendant from a person from stolen generation!
BTW my classmates had white skin and blonde hair. As this is a forum read by international readers I thought it would be an idea to let others know that the stereo type of the Australian Aboriginal is not correct.
I again apologise for giving the world wrong info I have only been told of the incentives by Indigenous people I have met here. Perhaps scholarships
from the unis here or from Victorian government. Sorry you have not been given this support. I did qualify myself saying I knew very little of the people up north and I was a southerner.
Congratulations on your completion of your nursing degree and hope you have a very happy and successful career!