Connecting all Australians to Each Other
LISTEN TO KAYLA'S SONGLINE:
Always posed, like presenting to the world a united front for everything Indigenous-Australian, she is more than the founder of a start-up. She embodies innovative-leadership, a structure so flat to her everyone works in parallel. With forward-thinking ideas in every pocket (like spare change) she walks into every situation with an open heart and an open mind — a mirror of what she wants to see in the world; without prejudice and segregation.
Kayla never describes any one project as a destination, but always an ongoing journey. With weaving paths, undiscovered lands and most importantly, the progressive and evergreen community that she cultivates and brings along the way.
Working with First Nations people and allies across local and state government, as well as mentoring and driving social programs among young Indigenous Australians, Kayla has committed herself to an all-inclusive reconciliation within Australia.
Although we know she will be cringing in discomfort reading this, we hang off every word she says, and cannot wait to share more stories with you.
Vincent was working on a farm, not getting paid. They were slaves, which is something that is running through my veins. This has always pushed me to challenge social injustice and to always stand up for people who haven’t had a fair go or who aren’t seen as equal.
I am really passionate about promoting equality and social justice, and everything I can do to try and level those playing fields — creating equality, where we can truly reconcile in Australia.
There is a huge gap in Australia, where we don't know our history — it's not taught in schools, it's hidden away. As a result, we lose languages every day and this tears down our people. This systemic issue promotes intergenerational trauma, which has affected us for generations.
We have such a proud history. We were the first inventors in the world. We were the first engineers in the world. We have the oldest living history in the world, and that's something that we should be promoting and should be celebrating as a nation, but we prefer to hide it, pretending it doesn't exist — pretending Australia started when Captain Cook arrived. That's something that I feel really strongly about changing.
I went through school as the only Indigenous kid, apart from my sister. It was really difficult to try connecting with and finding people with the same values as me. I ended up having a really strong group of allies, which motivated me to really harness my allies. The willingness and the goodwill of all allies is really important to me. I take advantage of this to help teach Indigenous culture and history. The road to reconilciation is together and that's why I want to keep building up a base of people who can help make change. We are (Indigenous people) 3% of the population in Australia — that’s not enough people alone to make a shift.
The Indigenous population is not enough to lobby and protest to make constitutional change.
Our current Prime Minister recently said there was ‘no slavery’ in Australia. Even though we have all seen the pictures of our warriors with chains around their necks, looking malnourished and exhausted. That was through willingness? It's so ridiculous that that comes from the top and it's consistently coming from the top.
I wanted to change the narrative and positively challenge people. When there's heated conversations, people revert back to Indigenous stereotypes of what an Aboriginal person is and was. This is generally based on our abusive past of alcoholism and violence from British Colonists. So it's really about creating social change, putting community and nature first. It's about building up Indigenous economy and teaching people about how they can implement Indigenous products and services into everyday life. It doesn't need to be a special occasion to get involved.