Jack is a young and proud Whadjuk-Ballardong Nyoongar man from Boorloo (Perth). In 2018 he was awarded a MADALAH tertiary scholarship to study at the University of Western Australia where he is majoring in Political Sciences, International Relations and Indonesian Studies for his Bachelor of Arts. In 2018 Jack had the opportunity to intern for Professor Megan Davis (Professor of Law and PVC Indigenous UNSW) at the United Nations Expert Mechanisms on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNEMRIP) in Geneva. Through the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program he has also studied in the Indo-Pacific region, at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta and has interned at various NGOs in Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Timor Leste. At COP27 last November he opened the first Local Community and Indigenous Peoples Platform round table and addressed the table in the Nyoongar language. Through his studies and experience Jack is working to become more involved in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in the future so that he can continue to learn from and contribute to First Nations peoples around the world.
with Catrina Luz Aniere
Catrina is co-founder and CEO of Millennium Kids, a non-profit environmental youth organization. Grown from a youth led annual conference in 1996, Millennium Kids is a dynamic organisation for young people who are engaged and empowered to identify community issues and create positive change. Millennium Kids nurtures and applies the passion for the environment shown by young people in an adult-dominated world, through a dynamic process that allows young people to learn new skills, identify their superpowers and tackle the big issues. Catrina led young people locally, regionally and internationally to work to address deforestation and loss of natural environments at the local level since 1991. Millennium Kids launched the Green Lab in 2020; a citizen science and action program designed by young people to increase, protect and monitor tree canopy within the Greater Perth. Green Lab was named a Top 14 Innovator project by the World Economic Forum in 2021. Catrina is an educator and she is currently a committee member on the newly formed Western Australia Tree Canopy Advocates.