Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the sacred lands on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nations and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past present and future.

We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

Clint Hansen

Clint Hansen is an Yiman/Iman countryman, invested in sharing knowledge regarding his ongoing learnings of country and water, and an Indigenous research fellow at RMIT University undertaking his PhD in Environmental Engineering.

He completed his Honours in Sustainable Systems Engineering in 2020, focused on securing safe water supplies for communities within the Goldfields region. In 2020 he was awarded the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Tullamareena Prize for academic excellence and positive contribution to the student experience.

Clint mentors younger students, specifically within the STEM fields, through his involvement with the V.I.E.W.S (Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School) , ITAS and Gamadji programs. In 2020 he collaborated with YARN Australia to start a series of online yarning circles for young people around the nation.