Murrawah Johnson

Murrawah is a Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owner. She identifies with the Wirdi-speaking Birragubba peoples and has family ties to the Queensland Murri community through the Kangalou, Wiri, Yiman, Kullali, Munanjali, Goreng Goreng, and Bigambul peoples.

Murrawah is the youth spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council. She works on a project with the W&J Council, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and University of Queensland Researchers – ‘We Are The People From That Land: Centring Indigenous peoples’ rights in the transition to a sustainable, low carbon future’. This is central to the Wangan and Jagalingou Council’s vision for the future.

Murrawah is currently undertaking the Change Agency's 2017 Community Organising Fellowship. In 2016, she won a  Foundation for Young Australian’s ‘Young Social Pioneers’ grant for her initiatives to work with Aboriginal peoples on the frontline of land battles. In 2015-2016 Murrawah volunteered with Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network and was in the National leadership team. She was named in Grist50’s top movers and shakers in 2016 and has spoken alongside the likes of Angela Davis and Naomi Klein. The Ngarra Institute has named Murrawah along with her Uncle, Adrian Burragubba, the inaugural winners of their ‘Activist of the Year’ award. Murrawah will receive her award from renowned Human Rights lawyer, Julian Burnside.

Murrawah graduated from St Patrick’s College in Townsville and is currently studying at the University of Queensland. Murrawah exemplifies the complex yet growing space young Indigenous people occupy as well as the opportunities that exist when communities back a new generation of leaders.