Our guest on Aboriginal Way this week is anti-nuclear activist Karina Lester. Karina is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman who grew up on the APY Lands in the Far North West of South Australia.
Her late father was Yami Lester, an Aboriginal elder and nuclear campaigner, who lost his eye sight after the Maralinga nuclear tests in the 1950s. Karina continues to advocate against nuclear weapons and dumps, such as the proposed Kimba nuclear waste site.
In 2017, she spoke to world leaders in New York at the United Nations conference on a nuclear weapons ban treaty. In this episode, Karina updates Aboriginal Way about the the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, with 50 countries on board, but Australia yet to sign.