Dakota is a Bundjalung man based in Meanjin. His body of work consists of poems, stories and reflections that critically engage with intergenerational trauma, gender, spirit and healing.
Since graduating with an honours degree at the University of Wollongong, Dakota has consulted for NITV, Art Gallery of New South Wales and AIATSIS. As a young poet, Dakota has performed for live audiences at Yours & Owls Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Emerging Writers' Festival (2021), and worked on poetic commissions for Wollongong Botanic Garden and Red Room Poetry.
Dakota is carving out a path as an independent researcher, educator and advocate for healing Country and our communities through art and storytelling.
Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman from Central Australia who works with high impact organisations to create systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and solutions.
Rona is the founder of Common Ground and brings 7 years of professional experience working across First Nations organisations and not for profits. Rona was previously the Director of First Nations at YLab, a social enterprise that puts young people with diverse lived experiences at the centre of designing and developing innovative and impactful solutions to complex social issues. Over her career, Rona has worked in policy at the Central Land Council, the Research Unit for Indigenous Languages at the University of Melbourne, Reconciliation Victoria, and the Foundation for Young Australians.In 2020, Rona was a finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever awards, was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship. In 2019 Rona won a Diana Award and was named a 'Woman of the Future' by Women's Weekly.Through her work with First Nations communities across Australia, Rona aims to create future systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and cultures.Rona currently resides in Mpartnwe on Arrernte Country.