COP25: TIANA JAKICEVICH

 
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Ko Te Whakatōhea me Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa ngā iwi.

He Māori me Ngāti Tarara hoki ahau

I am of both Māori and Croatian descent. From a whanau who knew on both sides what it was like to have land taken and culture oppressed - this is an understanding which ignited my passion to be an advocate for indigenous rights.


Through being raised in rural Tairāwhiti, I was surrounded by forests to hide in, grass to run on or an ocean to surf in. Having the privilege to experience such a tangible relationship with Papatūānuku and Tangaroa from a young age cultivated my desire to preserve te taiao for future generations.


Currently, I am studying towards a law and arts degree at Victoria. This is a journey inspired by my grandparents, who were changemakers for their generation. The way my nan fought against discrimination for the protection of her heritage by taking it worldwide for the betterment of Māori inspired me to follow in her footsteps. I’m apart of Ngā Rangahautira Māori Law Students Association, which has shown me that as Indigenous rangatahi, a generation of driven youth we have a voice. We have the power to imagine and implement the greatest solutions to protect our culture and environment.