Senator Lidia Thorpe – First Nations Treaty and Truth Telling

Episode 13

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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 has an extremely raw and candid conversation, with a very special guest, Greens Senator, Lidia Thorpe. Lidia is a proud DjabWurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara woman with a long and proud history advancing human rights and social participation.

Lidia is the current Senator for Victoria, representing the Australian Greens, and is also the first Aboriginal Senator from Victoria.

Recently in Australia, there has been an uprising of outrage against the violence and sexual assault experienced by women in Parliament. In this episode, they discuss Lidia’s experience being a Blak women in Parliament and unpack some of her experiences with racism, sexism and other discriminatory practices.

Lidia outlines the important steps for young people and First Nations communities to make to create a ‘fair government’ that seeks to advance climate justice action, by explaining the importance of voting in the next election.

She also shares some inspiring stories of her upbringing and the long line of strong blak women who have shaped her. This is certainly an episode you won’t want to miss!

To learn more about Lidia and the  Australian Greens Party follow her on Instagram here and visit her website here. To learn more about Lidia’s amazing work, be sure to listen to her podcast Truth Telling with Lidia Thorpe here. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and don’t forget to follow the show!

Follow Caroline on Instagram @blak_wattle_coaching and learn more about working with Caroline here!

This episode deals with themes of family and sexual violence that some viewers might find triggering. If you need assistance, it’s ok to not be ok, you can contact Djirra on 1800 105 303 or Safe Steps 1800 015 188.

We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s First Peoples’ who have never ceded their sovereignty. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation where the podcast was taped. We pay our deepest respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and Elders past, present and emerging.

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