John Paul Janke
John Paul is Wuthathi from Cape York and from Murray Island in the Torres Strait. Born in Cairns, he has worked in media and communications related roles within Indigenous Affairs for some thirty years.
He is currently co-owner of Rork Projects, a national Indigenous fit-out and refurbishment company servicing the corporate and government sectors, and the co-host of NITV’s flagship news and current affairs show ‘The Point’.
John Paul joined the National NAIDOC Committee in 2012 and is the Co-Chair of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre in Canberra.
What does NAIDOC mean to you?
NAIDOC is about proudly celebrating our cultural survival. Our uniqueness as the oldest continuing culture on the planet, and our 50,000 years of survival. It’s about sharing our culture, our stories and our proud history and the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to this nation.
It’s got to be about non-Indigenous Australians saying “Yes… Australia is 50,000 plus years old..not just 245 years old!”