Yarraka Bayles is connected strongly to her culture, an inspirational person, very active in business, community circles and is also a co-host of Walk in 3 Worlds Podcast. Greg Dodge is pleased to interview Yarraka and hear a little bit more of her life journey.
Yarraka descends from the Wonnarua and Bundjalung nations of NSW on her mother’s side and the Birri Gubba and Gungalu nations of QLD on her fathers side.
She was born on Gadigal country in Sydney and grew up in Redfern in the 80’s then moved to Brisbane in the early 90’s where she now resides with her 3 children and granddaughter who were all born on Yuggera country in South Brisbane. Yarraka has over 20 years experience working in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations throughout NSW and QLD and has won awards for her art and media achievements.
With an immense passion for education, Yarraka enjoys working with children and imparting knowledge on to the next generation, having worked for Brisbane Catholic Education and delivering cultural workshops at numerous schools and childcare centres around South East Queensland. As a passionate advocate for justice and self determination, Yarraka has facilitated several workshops and presented at numerous conferences and events across the country, dedicating her life’s work to improving the quality of life for First Nations people by learning from her elders and sharing her knowledge and experiences to help raise more awareness about issues affecting First Nations People on a global scale.
Yarraka is also the Founder/Owner of Murri Menu, Director of Deadly Futures Aboriginal Corporation, a Facilitator with Blackcard Cultural Tours, a mother of three children, a grandmother and a Kin Carer.
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