FUSE 2021 - Panel Sessions
Panels on Day 1 were facilitated by YAN members with skills and expertise in multicultural youth advocacy, community leadership, and facilitation. Each of the three panels centred on one of the key FUSE 2021 topics. FUSE delegates heard directly from experienced advocates and leaders in these spaces and were able to:
- Learn about the diversity of advocacy activities
- Learn about key elements of advocacy work
- Demonstrate and practice asking questions in public
- Increase their knowledge of these issues by hearing real life experiences
- Connect with diverse and experienced advocates
- Learn about key strategies for engaging with decision makers
As a commitment to building strong and respectful relationships with First Nations communities, YAN members recognised the need for migrant and refugee communities to be in solidarity with First Nations peoples. The panel focused on social justice, representation, racism, and the impact of Australian systems on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.
Fatima Tlaa, YAN
Scholar, podcaster and activist
Boori Monty Pryor
Author and inaugural Australian Children’s Laureate
Young people are concerned about the challenges and risks presented by the climate crisis and want to proactively engage in action addressing climate change and injustice in purposeful ways. The panel discussion focused on those most impacted by the climate crisis, what practical actions can be taken, and the work of young climate activists in Australia.
Mary Harm, YAN
Pacific Climate Warrior
Community organiser and digital storyteller for the landmark Torres Strait Climate Justice case ‘Our Islands, Our Home.
This panel focused on how mental health care can be identified and addressed for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in new ways. Panellists shared insights from their lived experience and professional work, cultural healing and community, and suggested actions or solutions that could be implemented.
Chanceline Kakule, YAN
Senior Policy and Programs specialist.
Founder of the Australian Digital Job Accelerator, and founder of the Australian South Asian Centre.
Zinab Al Hilaly
Leader, storyteller, and youth mental health advocate.