Indi Clarke – Understanding the bravery of First Nations Youth + Blakjoy

Episode 10

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Caroline Kell

Caroline Kell is a proud Mbarbrum women who was born and raised on Kulin Lands. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Blak Wattle Coaching and Consulting. Caroline is a Former Counsellor and Executive Director who is deeply passionate about the social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In this episode, Caroline talks to Mutti Mutti, Wemba Wemba, Boon Wurrung, Trawlwoolway, Lardil man and Executive Officer of the Koorie Youth Council, Indi Clarke.

Indi is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the power of strength-based approaches and Aboriginal knowledge systems. Indi believes that the path to positive change starts with empowered families and communities, as well as a holistic approaches to healing and wellbeing.

In this episode, they recap the recent and hugely successful Koorie Youth Summit which brought together the largest cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria – young people under the age of 25.

They discuss Indi’s journey in finding the confidence to become a leader and why he is so passionate about youth participation and creating the same pathways for other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

They also discuss the concept of ‘Blak Joy’ and what it means for them. Indi finishes by providing some advice to any young  Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who, like the rest of the globe, might be feeling stuck and overwhelmed, following the pandemic.

To learn more about the great work the Koorie Youth Council (the only ‘youth’ peak organisation of its kind in the Country) are doing visit Koorie Youth Council.

Note: Yarning Up will be taking a short pause with season two returning in January 2022.

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