Jeremy ‘Yongurra’ Donovan is a descendent of the Kuku-Yalanji and Gumbaynngirr tribes of far north Queensland and the mid north coast of NSW.
Jeremy holds many talents. An internationally renowned didgeridoo player, a healer, a dad and spokesperson for the GenerationOne campaign.
In every role he takes with him one crucial message “Learn your culture, be proud of where you come from, and never forget the struggle the generations before you have face. Don’t blame others for your problems. You control your own destiny.”
Having been through the juvenile justice system as a teenager, Jeremy is passionate about making sure other young Indigenous kids don’t see the inside of courtrooms. Learning his ancient culture from his elders, Jeremy now shares that with his own children and young people.
Jeremy shares the sacredness of his culture to break down the barriers of ignorance that create stereotypes. He makes it his job to educate people from all corners of the world about the beauty that exists within the sacred and traditional Aboriginal culture.
At GenerationOne Jeremy uses his traditional knowledge to help the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation – this generation.
“The message is clear, if we are going to end the disparity we need to work together,” said Jeremy.
Jeremy also owns his own company, Walking with Wisdom, a highly successful consultancy company that shares Aboriginal culture. Through healing, art, tours and inspirational speaking he has touched the lives of many people across the world.