Joint Campaign Director, Recognise
Mark Yettica Paulson is Joint Campaign Director for Recognise. Mark is a community leader who has been a RECOGNISE ambassador since 2013. Over two decades Mark has worked across many areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, working in leadership development and cultural mentoring. His work has seen him lead projects to drive reconciliation within diverse organisations such as the AFL, NAB, Social Leadership Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians and with many other education, youth, community and church groups and corporates. Mark was recognised by The Australian as being one of the top 100 emerging leaders in Australia. In 2011 he won ‘Best Public Speaker in Australia’ on the ABC’s Strictly Speaking program. In 2009 Mark took on the role of leadership and cultural development coach with an AFL Indigenous Development Squad where he worked with young players to develop a war cry which has since been adopted by the AFL and NRL. Mark is an Aboriginal Australian from South East Queensland and North East New South Wales.
Co-chair, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
Rod Little is from the Yamatji and Nyoongar nations of Geraldton and Perth. He is currently Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and before that a Director of Congress from 2011-2015. He is an active member of the multicultural alliance opposing changes to the Racial Discrimination Act; as well as a champion for the ACT Human Rights Office ‘Diversity in the Territory’ campaign. Rod has broad experience in public policy and strong commitment to young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander person’s education; he has participated on the CRC Ninti One – Remote Education Systems research advisory group, plus was previously a member the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory group. He is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
CEO, Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria
Antoinette Braybrook is the CEO of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria), a position she has held since the service was established 15 years ago. Under Antoinette’s leadership, FVPLS Victoria has grown from a one-staff member operation to a state-wide service with more than 30 employees located in four offices across Victoria. In addition to Antoinette’s leadership of the FVPLS Victoria, she has been elected as the National Convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS Forum). Antoinette is an Aboriginal woman who was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country. Antoinette graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University in 2000 and was admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria in 2004. In 2015 Antoinette received the Law Institute of Victoria’s: Access to Justice/Pro Bono Award. She was also awarded the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women’s 2015 Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations Award in the category: Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in a Community or Organisation. In March Antoinette was awarded the 2017 Inspirational Woman of Yarra Award honouring her exceptional and valued contribution to the Yarra community.
Indigenous Rights Campaigner, Amnesty International Australia
Roxanne Moore is a Noongar woman from Margaret River in Western Australia. She is an Indigenous Rights Campaigner with Amnesty International Australia, and leads their 'Community is Everything' campaign, which aims to end the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in detention. Roxanne was a 2013 Fulbright Western Australian Scholar and has previously worked for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission; the Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC QC; as a commercial litigator; and has international experience with UNHCR Jordan and New York University’s Global Justice Clinic.
Executive Officer, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service
Karly is a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal woman with connections to the Cowen and the Lockley families. Before joining NATSILS as the Executive Officer, Karly was a practicing Lawyer at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. She has experience working across several areas of law including Criminal, Civil, Children, Youth and Family. Karly has a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and has previously worked in private practice and within a legal policy role for the now Victorian Government Department of Justice and Regulation. She was the President of the Tarwirri Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria and continues to serve as an active committee member. Karly is the Chair of the Administrative Law and Human Rights Executive Committee at the Law Institute of Victoria. She is also an advisor on the Aboriginal Advisory Council at Lander and Rogers. Karly has a passion for human rights and a demonstrated experience fighting for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Indigenous activist and feminist
Aretha Brown is an indigenous activist and feminist. As a high school student, Aretha has achieved much for her age, speaking at events for Melbourne University, the International Doctors Association and the Women in the Media Conference alongside Judith Lucy. Aretha initiated the first ever NAIDOC event at her Williamstown High School and January this year, she captivated audiences at the Melbourne Invasion Day march, telling the crowd that for "too long have Aboriginal people been talked about rather than talked to".
Author of Decolonizing Solidarity
Clare Land is a non-Aboriginal person living on Kulin nation land. She has been an active supporter of Aboriginal struggles since 1998. She undertook a PhD to learn more about the politics of solidarity, and published the book Decolonizing Solidarity to share this learning with others. In this way she hopes to do justice to the education she has received from legendary Aboriginal community activists such as Gary Foley and Robbie Thorpe and ultimately to support the struggle of which they are a part.