Seed National Co-Director
Amelia Telford, a young Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman from Bundjalung country is the National Co-Director of the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. Amelia is passionate about supporting a national grassroots network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to protect our land, culture and communities from the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel extraction and be a part of creating positive change for our people. Amelia was awarded National NAIDOC Youth of Year in 2014, Bob Brown's Young Environmentalist for the Year 2015 and Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year 2015 for her commitment to building a more just and sustainable future for all young people.
Seed National Co-Director
Larissa is a young woman from the Widjabul clan of the Bundjalung nation and is the National Co-Director for Seed. Larissa leads Seed's campaigns and strategy nationally ensuring that Seed works in partnership with frontline Indigenous communities and supports young people to be empowered and create change in their communities. Prior to moving to Seed, Larissa was the Queensland Campaigner for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition working across on the Reef and Galilee campaign. Larissa is passionate about a range of social justice issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and believes in seeking change through self-determination and grassroots leadership. Larissa comes from a family with a strong history of standing up for Aboriginal rights and has worked for many Indigenous organisations, programs and community driven initatives across the country including the Stronger Smarter Institute, Oxfam and the Ngayundi Aboriginal Health Council.
Seed Queensland Organiser
Nicole is a young descendent from the Garawa people. Raised in North West and North Queensland, it was her move to Brisbane that awoke her passion for Climate Justice. Nicole began volunteering with the Queensland branch of the AYCC in 2016, and now works with Seed as the Queensland Project Officer. Nicole is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to strengthen and create a sustainable future.
Seed Project Manager
Nayuka is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gundijtmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman living on Wurundjeri country. Nayuka has been supporting the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Seed for years in different capacities before joining as Project Manager. As project manager Nayuka is is responsible for building Seed's schools program so the young black students develop skills, confidence, networks and support to take the lead on climate justice in their communities. She is passionate about black self-determination and feminism.
Community Facilitator and Campaign Advisor
Karrina is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta people. Karrina supports our team of staff as a mentor, provides campaign advice and strategic direction, training capacity and facilitation support. She’s an activist, organiser and community educator and facilitator with over 20 years experience working for social justice. She’s led programs and campaigns on women’s rights, globalisation and environmental justice with a focus on First Nations peoples. Karrina has developed and delivered community cultural development programs in remote and regional Aboriginal and Torres Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, working with young people to develop confidence and pride to talk up their issues. She was Oxfam’s National Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples program, and supported hundreds of women to be effective and strategic change makers. She received a Churchill Fellowship focussed on First Nation’s women’s capacity to influence decisions and be engaged in community business. Karrina is also running project called Building Power working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities building up capacity for self-determination in the context of mining, economic development and climate change. She is currently a consultant working with her people and a range of campaigns, organisations and communities.