Kaleesha Morris was Indigenous X host from August 22 to September 1, 2014.
Five questions to Kaleesha
I love a lot of things, first and foremost my family and country. I also love poetry, art, travelling, neo-soul/jazz music and learning languages.
I have been working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice for the past eight years. I study arts/law at UNSW and currently work with Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC). KLC is a community legal centre providing free legal advice to our local communities, and clinical legal education to UNSW law students. Outside of that, I am a youth ambassador for the Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal young people NSW Campaign, an organisation which lobbies for various reforms in the criminal justice system and most importantly, stands for reducing Aboriginal incarceration rates and building Aboriginal community empowerment and self-determination.
I love the works of poets Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Maya Angelou and Sunni Patterson. I also have immense respect for all of those people who have never lost sight of the importance of protecting country and our connections to it and to each other.
I often try to raise special awareness of the tragic Aboriginal suicide rates in Australia, as well as the increasing incarceration rates of our people, both realities of which are unacceptable in Australia. I am also particularly passionate about creating action around the global climate change crisis. Activism in this area is crucial for Indigenous peoples in Australia and around the world, communities of whom are often impacted earlier and more significantly than others.
I want a future whereby Aboriginal peoples are truly appreciated and valued for the immense wisdom they can provide in taking care of Australia. I want a future whereby we are all actively seeking to strike and maintain the right balances with our environments and whereby we are all (black and white) free from the myths of colonisation. I work for a future whereby each and every one of us can embrace, respect and connect to the Aboriginal spirit of this country and be much better off for it.