Youth Advisory Group
Walkern Katatdjin has a Youth Advisory Group of 11 Aboriginal LGBTQA+ young people from around Australia, who meet regularly to provide input around our methods, the research questions we ask, reports and publications, participant recruitment, data use, etc.
Let us introduce you to a few of our Youth Advisory Group members:
Dharma Nyuringka Ducasse
Dharma is an 18-year-old Pansexual Aboriginal woman from Pitjantjatjara/Yunkantjatjara land. She lives in her small community, Indulkana, and is training to be the first Aboriginal store manager on the APY Lands. She is also the youngest person ever to be on her community’s board of directors. She wanted to be involved in this project because helping out disadvantaged youth and LGBTQ+ people is one of her passions, whether they be connected with each other or not. Growing up as a First Nations person as well as being LGBTQ+ she has experienced discrimination from both perspectives; being able to help advise a process to help our LGBTQ+ youth is a once in a lifetime opportunity that she’s extremely grateful for.
“The future is the youths, let's strive to make it a welcoming and loving place for all.”
Jye is a proud young Darumbal man. He has just begun his second year of studying a bachelor of Secondary Education, with a major in Drama and a minor in English. He is interested in this advisory group because of the affect it could have on his future students as well as other young people within the LGBTIQ Indigenous community of Australia. Jye feels that this advisory group is long overdue and is a proud, enthusiastic and passionate member of this group and who strives for the greatest impact he can have on his community possible.
“It is often expressed that, “children are our future” however, I haven’t seen a lot of work to support this statement but I know this group has the potential to be a clear and profound representation of that idea through its ability to support a great number of children.”
Katrina (Kate) Daglas
Kate is a 22-year-old Pansexual Gunditjmara woman. She was born in Geelong on Wathaurong Country and now lives in Melbourne on Wurundjeri Country, but has lived all over Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Sociology at Deakin University. Kate aspires to work in child psychology.
“My decision to engage with this project was based on the increasing demand for culturally safe LGBTQ+ resources and research. It is crucial that we take action and generate resources and networks, not only for LGBTQ+ mob but for healthcare workers nationwide, to ensure safe spaces for those at the intersection.”