Chrissie James-Atkinson is a proud Yorta Yorta who grew up in Shepparton and moved to Melbourne six years ago to finish school. She has since been working as a hairdresser.
Working in a mainstream organisation, Chrissie’s job gives her the opportunity to have everyday conversations with non-Indigenous people about her culture. For Chrissie, having enriching and enlightening discussions about her people gives her cultural strength.
Chrissie values culture because it’s where she comes from, who she is and something she never wants to lose. Having a connection to the land we live on is unexplainable but it’s a feeling she thinks needs to be shared with non-Indigenous people. Chrissie is motivated by the strength of her people past and present and hopes to follow in the footsteps of those who inspire her.