Crystal McKinnon

VC Indigenous Research Fellow, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Chairperson

Dr Crystal McKinnon is Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellow, Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University. Crystal is an extensively published academic and expert speaker and presenter on subjects related to Indigenous People’s civil rights, sovereignty and experiences of the criminal legal system. Crystal is a member of various academic bodies and is involved in academic administration, university governance and wider participation in the Boards of various not-for-profit organisations. 

Cienan Muir

Founder of INDIGINERD
Deputy Chair

Cienan Muir is a Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri man who grew up in Northcote, going to Thornbury Primary and then Northcote High, before completing a social sciences degree. When Cienan was younger, he lived in Echuca, Moama and Mooroopna. A big advocate for ensuring our young people have the voice and the opportunity to make the changes they want to see in the future, this is seen through his work with the Koorie Youth Council. Cienan has a passion for Indigenous creativity, storytelling and representation within the popular culture arena, hosting Australia’s first ever Indigenous Comic Con, presenting and facilitating many panels and workshops on Indigenous representation, and growing his business, INDIGINERD, into a much-loved icon.

 

Tarneen Onus Browne

Secretary

Tarneen Onus Williams is a proud Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta person through their mother and Bindal and Meriam person through their father. Tarneen is living on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri peoples.

Tarneen is a community organising lead at Australian Progress, previously VALS community legal educator, a community organiser for Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance working on Invasion Day, Black Deaths in Custody and Black Lives Matter. They’re also a writer and filmmaker that has been published in IndigenousX, The Urban List, Crikey, NITV and RightNow. Tarneen’s film “young mob questioning treaty” has been screened internationally at ImagineNATIVE in Toronto and Tampere Film Festival in Finland.

Apryl Day


Treasurer

 
Luke Martin
Solicitor, Peninsula Community Legal Centre Member Luke is a lawyer and MD candidate, who is honoured to live in Naarm (Melbourne) on the Wurundjeri lands of the Kulin nations. He has worked in International mergers and acquisitions, equities, intellectual property, tax, government advisory, and Indigenous health research. Luke is a Palawa man who is passionate about empowering First Nations’ voices to work with government and businesses to help bridge the gap in law, health and economics.
Erin Rose

Budj Bim World Heritage Executive Officer
Member

Erin Rose is Gunditjmara from South West Victoria. Erin has worked in the justice sector for several years providing cultural and reintegration support to Aboriginal people in the justice system, before this she worked across a number of Aboriginal Community Organisations providing advocacy and support.   Currently,   Erin is the Budj Bim World Heritage Executive Officer at Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Cooperation overseeing the management and protection of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape and its values.

Uncle Bobby Nicholls


Member

 

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