Always Was, Always Will Be: the next generation of First Nations changemakers

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Join the conversation with a panel of next generation First Nations changemakers to discuss the 2020 NAIDOC Week theme: Always Was, Always Will Be. This online event will be filmed in the kuril dhagun Talking Circle and livestreamed to State Library's web page.

Your host:

Grace Lucas- Pennington

Grace is a Bundjalung fiction and poetry editor with experience working with First Nations Australian authors including Dr Paul Collis, Claire G Coleman and Alison Whittaker. Grace has also worked as a consultant, peer assessor, guest lecturer, and publishing industry advisor. Grace was a finalist in the 2017 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize and currently works as Editor with the black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project based at State Library of Queensland. 

Your panel:

Sasha Purcell

Sasha Purcell (Whaleboat) is a Torres Strait Islander lawyer with connections to Mer Island. Sasha specialises in human rights law including climate change. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a PhD student specialising in international law and climate change litigation. Sasha is passionate about advancing Indigenous human rights at the United Nations. Sasha will help shine the light on current issues facing the Torres Strait Islands of climate change and rising sea levels.

Ruby Wharton

Ruby is a proud Gomeroi Kooma woman, a law and psychology student, a community organiser and a passionate freedom fighter who comes from the strong community of Cunnamulla (Kunja country) and has been raised predominantly in Meanjin (Brisbane). She is one of the organisers and a part of Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR).


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