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Showing Up: First Nations Advocacy and Protest


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Artwork: Dixon Patten

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2022 is ‘Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up’. In this panel, hear from Nerita Waight, Chelsea Watego, Johnathan Binge aka Caution and Apryl Day as they discuss the power of First Nations advocacy and share their experiences of creating change.


The theme for NAIDOC Week 2022 is ‘Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up’. At this event, we’re focusing on the power and impact of First Nations campaigning, advocacy and protest. All over Australia, First Nations people are advocating for change in their fields, whether that be journalism and media, culture and the arts, health and legal services, or family members working to end deaths in custody.

At this panel event, host and Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service CEO Nerita Waight will be joined by academic and author of Another Day in the Colony Chelsea Watego; hip hop musician and youth mentor Johnathan Binge aka Caution; and Apryl Day, daughter of Aunty Tanya Day and founder of the Dhadjowa Foundation, to share and discuss their experiences of creating change through advocacy and protest.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

Presented in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.

Artwork by Dixon Patten.


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Johnathan Binge

Johnathan Binge is a Gamilaraay, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr man. He works with FYA’s First Nations team as a Program Officer. Johnathan is also a hip-hop performer, mentor and activist. He sees music, hip hop and art, not as a vehicle to material gain but as a tool of empowerment for those who hav... Read more

Chelsea Watego

Chelsea Watego (formerly Bond) is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman with over 20 years of experience working within Indigenous health as a health worker and researcher. She is a prolific writer and public intellectual, having written for IndigenousX, NITV, The Guardian, and The Conversation.... Read more

Apryl Day

Apryl Day is a proud Yorta Yorta, Wemba Wemba and Barapa Barapa woman. She is a community organiser and campaigner, and a member of both WAR VIC and Pay the Rent. She is the daughter of Tanya Day – a proud Yorta Yorta woman who died in custody in 2017. Apryl and her family successfully led the cam... Read more

Nerita Waight

Nerita Waight is the CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. Nerita was first employed at VALS in 2014 as a civil lawyer. Prior to becoming CEO, Nerita had experience across several teams in the organisation including family and children’s law, as well as policy and advocacy. Nerita has hel... Read more


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