On Tuesday 10 November we held an ‘Anger to Action’ panel discussion, part of our deadly week-long virtual NAIDOC celebration. Click here to access the event on YouTube!

Three First Nation leaders discussed ways in which we can best channel our energy into constructive outcomes and bring about real change for mob and community.

Check out the amazing discussion that was had below:

The Speakers:

Malyangapa and Barkindji artist Barkaa joined our Anger to Action panel.

Originally from Western NSW, Barkaa expresses herself and the issues impacting upon First Nations people through her music.

This year she released her debut single “For My Tittas” and has made waves within her community with the “Pass The Ochre” challenge.

Another deadly panellist is Gamiliaraay man Mick O’Loughlin from IndigenousX, an Indigenous owned and independently run online media platform.

Originally from Moree, Mick has been working with Aboriginal youth for the past 20 years in various roles ranging from mentoring at risk youth, collaborating with high schools, and supporting young people in the Juvenile Justice system.

Mick’s passion for education with a cultural perspective comes from his own experiences of education in a rural setting and his own cultural learnings.

We’re also so excited to have the incredible activist Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts join the panel.

Vanessa is a proud Bundjalung woman, activist, writer and storyteller.

She takes significant pride in the resilience that her parents instilled in her, and her personal experiences of injustice have motivated her to study law and social work.

In 2019, the Australian Human Rights Commission awarded Vanessa the Young People’s Human Rights Medal.

Vanessa recently completed her honours thesis, which discusses policies of oppression and the implications of trauma (intergenerational trauma) for First Nations people.

We are delighted to have these three inspiring people join our Anger to Action panel, which will be moderated by Will Trewlynn, CEO of BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation.

Click here to re-watch the discussion on YouTube! 

Big thanks to City of Sydney for supporting NAIDOC at NCIE 2020.