Youth Forum (National Native Title Conference 2016)


Amelia Kunoth-Monks: I am from a place called Utopia. I am an Eastern-Arrente, Arrente woman.

Curtley Hayes: My traditional homelands is the Onslow area of the Thalanyji (Dhalandji) people.

Daniel Tedcastle: Born and raised in Darwin, um, I’m from the Nangawonnangy tribe.

Daryl Tambling: Between Howard Springs and Humpty Doo Station so yeah.

Jedess Hudson: I am from Cairns in Queensland and I am descendant from the Ora and Western Yalanji people of far north Queensland.

Jarrod Black: From the Banjima tribe.

Kayannie Denigan: My family are Bagarrmuguwarra and Kuku Yalanji people from, Eastern Cape York.

Mark Munnich: The Yawuru People in Broome and my father he’s from a little community in Cairns, Yarrabah.

Thaarramali Pearson: I’m a Bagarrmuguwarra man.

Sara Slattery: I am from the Kuruma Marthudunera native title claim. I’m a Kuruma traditional owner.

Margetta Avlonitis: My mob are the Kungarakan mob, and, oh, the Kungarakan people and they’re currently in the process of a native title claim alongside the Warai for Batchelor here in the Northern Territory.

Sara Slattery: My experience of native title has probably been 10 to 15 years. Been involved since I was 18, so pretty much been involved in the whole process.

Curtley Hayes: I don’t have any experience, so I just wanted to see what, how they operate with their elders.

Jedess Hudson: Um, growing up I haven’t really had that much involvement with the native title process just because that’s been my dad.

Meagan Fletcher: I’m not sure if I’m a native title holder, which is why I’m here at the conference to see what it applies to, how it applies to people in different regions and how the claims apply.

Daniel Tedcastle: I have native title. I guess my experience with it is that I’ve always had it, um, and I guess in that sense I’ve taken it for granted. Coming to a forum like this has made me realise the struggles of other Indigenous people.

Jarrod Black: Well I just think that the government has just given us the right to negotiate in our country, which I think is unfair cause I would love to see a bit more of us having land to practice our law and culture on.

Amelia Kunoth-Monks: My grandmothers lore I hold to the utmost priority at this moment for my young people and my future generations.

Meagan Fletcher: I guess, it’s so my children and grandchildren can have the opportunity to go back to their land, their country and it still be there for them to use, the culture still be there for them to participate in.

Kayannie Denigan: My aspirations are that I would learn more about what my rights are as a land claimant. As a recognised one, and learn more about the native title process itself.

Sara Slattery: My aspirations around native title is to help my family secure native title. I’ve made promises to my old people that they want to move back out on country. So, I see it as a personal mission to make sure they get back there.

Thaarramali Pearson: Native title is very important for Indigenous people. That connection to land and making it official so that they can do there what they need to do. So I think I would like to do what I can to progress native title not just in my land but in other peoples’ lands as well.

Margetta Avlonitis: To start getting younger people involved and more active within the space. At the moment there’s limited youth currently involved.

Jedess Hudson: it’s quite overwhelming for the younger generation to kind of grasp what native title means for us and what it is, um, going to be in the future.

Thaarramali Pearson: I think there aren’t many resources for young people to find out about their land and their native title.

Mark Munnich: A lot of those issues might be raised is, you know, fear of standing up because of, you know, the seniority and all of that.

Kayannie Denigan: It was really nice to be in a room over two sessions with a whole heap of Indigenous young people who are really interested in native title and who, like me, know that they could learn more and know that they can do more.

Daryl Tambling: Well the main big step is all coming together because you can’t have a few people doing stuff over this way and just a few people doing stuff over there so we have to really come together and work as a big team.

Jedess Hudson: it’s good to kind of come together and realise that we are kind of in the same boat and we kind of look to each other for strength and for the vision.

Margetta Avlonitis: I think the Youth Forum is actually good to keep people together and also bring up future leaders and encourage them to participate and take part.

Jarrod Black: The Youth Forum is a brilliant idea, it’s for this generation to take on the responsibility and to lead the next generations to come.

Sara Slattery: I think it’s, it’s a wonderful idea, in the sense that you’re going to have new leaders coming through. Who’s going to be there when our current leaders aren’t going to be here anymore, who’s going to pick up the fight. And hopefully some of the people that are sitting around the table will do that.