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Mi-kaisha Masella

Dharumbal Murri, Mi-kaisha, has fought for social justice her entire life. The 17 year old’s passion for sharing people’s experiences and stories has driven her to share her own story through music and to take a stand. Mi-kaisha believes that it is so important that young people, and all people, find their voice and have a strong voice in things that affect them and are important to them.

Mi-kaisha is President of the United Nation’s empowerment program, Girl Up, at…


Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people, and former Commissioner of the Northern Territory Royal Commission into Child Protection and Youth Detention. He is also the former Social Justice Commissioner and a long term Champion of Just Reinvest NSW. “Putting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in detention centres and prisons should be the option of last resort,” says Mr Gooda. “We’d do far better if we put our resources and political will into trying proven alternatives…


Isaiah Sines

Isaiah Sines is a Youth Ambassador for Just Reinvest NSW, a proud Dhungatti man from Kempsey and also has ties to the Wiradjuri people. After moving around a lot early in his life he is now settled in Mt Druitt.

“I have experienced a lot in my life and that is why I wanted to become a youth ambassador with Just Reinvest. I hope to be able to use this position to advocate for other Koori kids who are going…

Daniel Daylight

Daniel Daylight

Daniel is a proud Kamilaroi (NSW) man who has family ties to the Gubi Gubi nation (QLD). Daniel has a passion for helping Aboriginal children and youth caught in the criminal justice system and has spent his working life in the justice sector. He worked on the development of the Youth Koori Court (YKC) including consultation with community and development of the program with other stakeholders.

He believes if the appropriate support mechanisms are placed around our young…


Temeka Leonard

Temeka is 18 years old and was born in Blacktown. She is the second youngest of 5 children but has an enormous extended family that she grew up with. She has spent her whole life in the Mt Druitt area of Sydney but has family connections to both the Wongkumara and Kamilaroi nations.

Through her first 18 years of life she has seen first hand the effects that both the out-of-home-care and criminal justice system have had on her mob. Temeka and her siblings were removed…

Kristy Masella

Kristy Masella

Kristy Masella is a Murri from Rockhampton, Dharumbal country in Central Queensland who has dedicated her life to empowering Aboriginal communities. She has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for more than 25 years across many portfolios in both NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Kristy is the CEO and Executive Director of the national Indigenous recruitment and training company, AES, who empowers Aboriginal people through employment and community development.  Prior to this role she was the head of Social Justice…

Nahdia Noter

Nahdia Noter

My name is Nahdia Noter, I’m a proud Bundjalung woman from Tweed Heads. I grew up in Dalby for my younger years, a beautiful country town located in QLD then moved back to Tweed Heads during my teenage years.

I’ve grown up in a system that hasn’t been very favourable towards me, simply because of the colour of my skin. Institutions operate on a deeply entrenched racist system, ultimately this affects us all as we are one race, the human…


Robert Tickner AO

Robert Tickner AO is Australia’s longest serving Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and among other things was the Minister who co-ordinated the national response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. During his time in the portfolio he fought hard for Indigenous rights and wrote about his experiences in his book “Taking a Stand”. Prior to his election to the national parliament Robert worked as a solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern….


Andrew Morgan Jackomos PSM

Andrew is a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man and was appointed between July 2013 – January 2018 as the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria. He currently holds the position of Special Adviser for Aboriginal Self-Determination in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Andrew recently completed two landmark inquiries ‘Always was Always will be Koori children’ , a landmark inquiry into the Victorian protection system and interaction with close to 1000 Koori children across Victoria, and ‘In the…


Josh Roxburgh

Josh Roxburgh is a Wiradjuri man, born in Sydney but grew up in Tweed Heads Northern NSW. Josh has been working in the health field for 14 years, in both public hospital service and most recently Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations. Josh has completed a Masters in Health Service Management and is currently the Manager of Public Health and Community Relations at the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern. Josh has knowledge and experience working in Public Health Administration, Drug and…