We're establishing a dedicated First Nations team, which will have a self-determined program of work.
We respect and back the strength, knowledge, and ongoing resistance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their communities. As an organisation that is a beneficiary of colonisation, we are committed to decolonisation. We embed First Nations self-determination in our work. We back First Nations justice.
This work will be guided by our First Nations strategy, currently being co-created by our Executive Director of First Nations, Roxanne Moore – by yarning with young mob, Aboriginal communities and organisations across the country.
FYA has previously run First Nations-led initiatives, National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA) from 2012 to 2015, a social action-based leadership program equipping young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which engaged over 2,000 participants, and IMPACT from 2011 to 2016 which worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across years 9, 10, 11 and 12 to develop their capacity to contribute and lead change in their communities.
YLab First Nations works to create a platform for First Nations young people to centre their unique cultural identities in shaping better systems across Australia. They are a self-determined practice that sits within YLab, with First Nations Associates from across Australia.
The challenge within this lies in ensuring that we are driven by the aspirations of these young people. For First Nations YLAB, this looks like First Nations young people co-designing and co-delivering our strategies, training, coaching, and client work.
Our First Nations Youth Advisory Committee is a dedicated group of young mob who advise us on the design and implementation of the FYA First Nations Strategy and issues, concerns, and interests of, and opportunities and programs relating to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.