Jack is a proud Wiradjuri man from Orange NSW and currently living on Wangal country in Sydney's inner south west. Over the past few months, Jack has been combining his love of visual storytelling with culture by recording dreaming stories with his community back home. His focus has been on creation stories that have been shared with children for as far back as Wiradjuri people can remember. These stories don't just serve as entertainment, each story has meaning, a message, a warning. They serve to remind us of how things came to be, how we should treat each other, and to respect the Lore of Yindyamarra (Lore of Respect) by remembering that all things are connected and have meaning.
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.