Where passion meets purpose by Douglas Briggs

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Where passion meets purpose by Douglas Briggs

Koorie Youth Council

I have always felt as though I was put on this Earth for a greater purpose. I’m a Morgan on my mother’s side and a Briggs on my father’s side. I’m so proud to be born into two proud and staunch families of political activists who have long been on the frontlines. From the banks of the Dhungala (Murray River) resisting against first contact to fighting for Native Title in the High Court of Australia. So, I feel that it is my birthright to continue with this legacy. This is a responsibility I do not hold lightly.

I first became involved with the Koorie Youth Council (KYC) when I was successful in my application to be an Executive member back in 2014. It gave me opportunities to speak up about the concerns surrounding our young people and a platform to present our solutions to a range of audiences from local to international level. To work on the Executive with 14 staunch, proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people was an inspiration and I often would sit back in awe of the incredible achievements my peers received. It truly motivated me.

My experience as a KYC Executive member has helped me effortlessly settle into my role as the Policy and Advocacy Officer. But I have also been fortunate to have been exposed to several opportunities that have helped to train me for this role. These include my role as Mr. NAIDOC in 2014, my work at the University of Melbourne as an unofficial mentor of our Indigenous Nationals teams over the years, my role as the Indigenous Student Support Officer of Queen’s College and the highlight of my 25 years of living, interviewing Adam Goodes at the 2016 Koorie Youth Summit. I feel that each one of these roles have prepared me to get back to doing what I love and that is working with my community. It’s something that I have genuinely missed while being at university.

This is why I feel so blessed to be on board with KYC. To be in a position that holds great influence, in being able to help create significant, positive change for our people. I always carry with me the staunchness of my Elders but I especially do so now as I step into this next chapter of my life. I am anxious and excited because of this opportunity and I cannot wait to see where this takes me over the next 12 months or so.

Douglas Briggs is a Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri man, and the Policy and Advocacy Officer for the Koorie Youth Council (KYC). As the eldest child in his family and eldest grandchild on both sides of his family, he is passionate about education and justice reform for our young people. Douglas is dedicated to ensuring that the generations to come don’t just survive despite all that is against them, but thrive and continue the legacies our Elders and ancestors left us. Douglas was an Executive member for 5 years before joining the KYC team and was an active member who presented Ngaga-dji at events.