Speakers Profile - Tania Major

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Tania Major is a Kokoberra woman from the remote community of Kowanyama in Far North Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Griffith University and a Master in Public Policy from Sydney University. She has been recognized as a leader and advocate for Aboriginal people at the national and state levels and within the communities of Cape York.

In 2006 Tania was announced as the Queensland Young Australian of the Year, and was further honoured by being named the Young Australian of the Year in January 2007. She was also voted as Young Leader of the year for the 2007 Deadly Awards and YEN Young Woman of the Year for Community Vision. Tania has also achieved international recognition in winning the Political, Legal and/or Government Affairs section of the Junior Chamber International’s Outstanding Young Persons of the World contest held in India in 2008.

Since 2002 Tania has publicly addressed many national and international forums, speaking on Indigenous affairs as these relate to remote communities, particularly those in Cape York. Along with her mentor, Noel Pearson, she has tried to bring the realities of life in many of these communities to the foreground of wider Australian thinking and to engage mainstream Australians in the collaborative challenge of seeking solutions to long standing problems.

In 2010 Tania established her own private consultancy and advocacy business that is dedicated to addressing Education and Employment disadvantage remote Aboriginal people face. She is a strong advocate for improving the health of Aboriginal women and has lent her support to a range of initiatives including: Diabetes Australia, Donate Life Organ and Tissue Campaign, the Gardasil Cervical Cancer campaign and as an ambassador for Mission Australia.

Tania recognises the importance of working with individuals so that they have the skills and knowledge they need to define and pursue lives that are free from the bonds intergenerational poverty. She believes that with good education and mentoring, Aboriginal people's intelligence, wisdom and humour can provide a strong cornerstone for Australia as a nation.

On a personal level Tania enjoys drawing, going camping, fishing, gardening and spending family time on the farm with her 3 year old son and her partner.