Marlikka Perdrisat

Nyikina Warrwa and Wangkumara Barkindji

Marlikka Perdrisat is a Nyikina Warrwa and Wangkumara Barkindji woman. She feels a deep sense of responsibility to spread awareness of First Law — the guiding principles that First Peoples generated over aeons to govern the diverse regions of the place currently known as Australia.

Marlikka works for award-winning law firm Gilbert + Tobin, however, she is currently on secondment to the Environmental Defenders Office where she works on legal issues related to the Mardoowarra Fitzroy River and the Baarka River. Her project 'Concepts of Country' is a collection of short videos made in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, to explain the meaning of words that are vital to living with Country. The series is being used by universities and law firms, influencing the next wave of legal and academic minds of Australia.

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Wiradjuri, Ngemba & Paakantji

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.