🤔❓ Did you know that Brimbank has a Youth Council? Now you do! It’s with great pleasure to introduce to you our 2021 Brimbank Youth Councillor Parminder!
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Tell us more about yourself!
My name is Parminder Kaur and I am an Artist and Slam Poet who is settled in unceded Wurundjeri Country. My artistic practice focuses on re-centering peripheral bodies and disrupting traditional narratives around people and place. Across much of my work, I utilize forms of Photography,Video, Performance, and Installation to underline the overlooked experience.
Why did you join the BYC?
I wanted to join BYC because I’m passionate about amplifying youth voices. In particular, I am deeply passionate about accessibility and making sure my approach on the BYC is intersectional. An intersectional approach means that I will try to consider the needs of all people within my community. I believe in empowering and honouring my community through radical kindness and compassion.
What are you passionate about?
I am deeply passionate about facilitating more safe spaces for young people. I think it’s necessary for young people to have spaces in which they feel valued . This initiative is especially important for young people who’s identity or identities often exist on the margins. This includes people who have disabilities, people within the LGBTQI+ community, people of colour and of course First nations people.
What are you hoping to achieve as a BYC member this year?
As a BYC member I am hoping to foster a community which is more loving. I believe fostering love within a community is fundamentally important . I believe when you love something ( your community) you feel more inclined to protect it , honour it and be more accepting of its characteristics.
What does a better Brimbank look like to you?
One of my favourite things about Brimbank is that it is a very multicultural place . Living in solidarity with one another is extremely important. For a vibrant community such as Brimbank, It is important for community members to be actively educated on different cultural practices, food , dance and traditional clothing. A better Brimbank is one that demystifies the myth of a ‘white Australia’ and actively fights against xenophobia.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young people who want to create change in their community?
Radical self- love is a very important and often overlooked quality needed in a person who is wanting to create change within thier community. Angela Davis put it best when she said “ anyone who is interested in making change also has to learn how to take care of herself , himself , themselves.” I believe when one person loves themselves and takes care of their needs first they are able to fully give themselves to the community work and approach it in a more holistic manner.
Thanks Parminder, it was great to know more about you!