Jahna’s passion and advocacy for Indigenous people and communities has long been recognized. She has worked for over 18 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people, and has represented Indigenous Australia at the United Nations in New York, on three occasions.
In 2012, Jahna was the youngest person to be elected into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and in 2017 proudly won Business news 40 under 40, First Amongst Equals. Jahna was also awarded Telstra Business Women Awards WA – For Purpose and Social Enterprise Winner in 2017.
Jahna, who describes herself as a multidimensional First Nation’s woman, said the award came as an incredible honour.
“It’s a humbling experience knowing I’m standing on the shoulders of my ancestors who have fought such a long battle for reconciliation and recognition of our First Nations people,” Jahna said.
“I particularly want to recognize the rich knowledge and experience of the many Elders who have led and guided me.”
Jahna said that while the road to becoming a recognized Indigenous leader had been a bumpy one, the journey had been worth it for the sake of her family and her community.
“With government politics, entrenched inflexibility, unconscious biases and lateral violence, it hasn’t been an easy path,” Jahna said.
“But it’s been worth it, for the sake of my children. I hope that by being a grass-roots role model, I am teaching them important life lessons. That although success doesn’t come easily, they can aspire to be anything they want.”
“I want them to know that in Australia in 2020, the world is their oyster.”