Rona Glynn-McDon­ald

23, from Alice Springs, NT – Shar­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der cul­tures.

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Profile -

Rona is the founder of Com­mon Ground, a not-for-profit that records and shares First Na­tions cul­tures. She’s in­spired by her grand­mother, Freda Glynn, a for­mi­da­ble leader, me­dia pi­o­neer and pow­er­ful voice for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple. “I’ve been guided by in­cred­i­ble women through­out my life,” Rona says. As a proud Kayte­tye woman, Rona’s also driven by a pas­sion to pro­vide for dis­ad­van­taged In­dige­nous young peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties im­pacted by so­cial ex­clu­sion. “Com­mon Ground was born out of the idea we needed to cre­ate the space for all Aus­tralians to learn about First Na­tions ex­pe­ri­ences,” Rona says. Since Com­mon Ground started a year ago, more than 120,000 peo­ple have used the on­line re­source. Com­mon Ground re­cently com­pleted a na­tional cam­paign, The First Na­tions Bed­time Sto­ries Chal­lenge, in which they shared five short films from Cen­tral Aus­tralia, told in lo­cal lan­guages. She hopes to use the Women of the Fu­ture bur­sary to con­nect with In­dige­nous peo­ple in Aus­tralia and glob­ally. “My dream,” she says, “is to cre­ate an Aus­tralia that cel­e­brates and em­braces our First Peo­ples.”

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