There is a rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s resistance in this country. Many of those stories have not been shared widely or given the recognition they deserve.

Non-Indigenous activists at times feel unsure about what role to play as allies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities working to achieve justice.

This session will share stories from current and recent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organising and campaigning, including insights for solidarity work and collaboration.

Presented by Karrina Nolan and Amelia Telford. This is a Melbourne Campaigner’s Network event. MCN holds regular gatherings for campaigners, activists, and organisers to discuss ideas, exchange resources and discover new approaches to social change.

Karrina Nolan is of Aboriginal, Irish, English heritage a descendant of the Yorta Yorta  people. Karrina is an activist, organiser and community cultural development facilitator with 20 years experience working for social justice. She has worked with many community organisations, women’s services and environmental justice groups, and has a long history of working on community campaigns both in Australia and internationally. Karrina coordinated the Fairwear Campaign, a national campaign working to achieve wage justice for home-based clothing workers. She has developed and delivered programs in remote and regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including the Stylin’ UP Regional program working with young people and communities to develop confidence, pride and talk up their issues.

Karrina coordinated the Straight Talk program with Oxfam which works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to be effective change makers. Straight Talk is about supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to gain the tools to be more strategic and focused in making things different and more just. She is currently the National Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Program with Oxfam Australia.

Amelia Telford is a young Bundjalung woman who grew up in a close-knit family on the north coast of NSW where she developed a strong passion for social and climate justice. Amelia’s Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage derives from her father and New Zealander heritage from her mum. In her role with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Amelia is building Seed, a national network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to lead the youth climate movement in Australia and to stand up for action on climate change and sustainability. Amelia has just been awarded National NAIDOC Youth of Year for her commitment to building a more just and sustainable future for all young people.

Location: Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Time: 6pm til 8pm at Ross House – Dinner from 8pm at Shebeen, 36 Manchester Lane.
Date: Thursday 14 August
RSVP: Book below and spread the word on Facebook.
Further info: Holly Hammond – call 0421 508 446 or via the Contact page.