Around 140 young Aboriginal people from across the state have gathered together to discuss the issues affecting youth in their communities.
The Koorie Youth Summit aims to bring together and connect young Aboriginal people, as they learn valuable skills that can make a difference in the community.
The Summit, held in Preston, will include guest speakers and yarning circle group discussions, and will cover issues including strengthening culture, political advocacy, language and art.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, opened the Summit, saying the event was an important opportunity for young Aboriginal people to have their voices heard, including shaping a final report that will be presented to the Andrews Labor Government.
Ms Hutchins said the attendees represented the next generation of leaders at a community, state and national level and called on the attendees to recognise their power and ability to shape the future.
The second annual Koorie Youth Summit is being held between 14-15 May and is organised and facilitated by the Koorie Youth Council.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins
“The Koorie Youth Summit is all about connecting and empowering young Aboriginal people from across the state. I look forward to receiving the final report from this year’s event.”
“I congratulate the Koorie Youth Council, the volunteers, guest speakers and attendees in making the second ever Koorie Youth Summit a resounding success.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020