The continued dedication of East Arnhem youth working to drive their people forward has again been recognised, with young Indigenous woman, Ineke Wallis selected to take part in the 2014 National Indigenous Youth Parliament.
The National Indigenous Youth Parliament is a week long leadership program held in Canberra from 28 May to 3 June 2014, comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth aged between 16-25 years. With only six individuals chosen from each State and Territory, and two from the Torres Strait Islands, Ineke was selected from a strong field of 230 applicants.
An Administration Officer with East Arnhem Regional Council's Governance and Executive Team, Ineke is an exceptional young lady who has a burning desire to pursue a career in politics with the aim of advocating for all Indigenous people, but specifically driven to improve the lifestyle and access to services for people within East Arnhem.
“I am extremely proud to be given this opportunity to represent my people. The NIYP encourages youth-led advocacy, active community leadership and commitment to the democratic process which are such important and vital areas we need to focus on if we are to improve the situation of Indigenous people in Australia” said Miss Wallis.
“I look forward to the experiences the Youth Parliament will bring, and the chance to workshop issues with other young Indigenous people from around Australia.
As part of the program, I’ll be presenting three speeches in Canberra, two of which focus on ‘Recognising Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution’ and ‘Lowering the age to access superannuation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ Ineke said.
Prior to departing to Canberra, Ineke will be speaking with local youth groups and schools in Nhulunbuy on the importance of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, and how every person plays a role in making a difference. Good luck Ineke - we have no doubt you will represent yourself, our people and East Arnhem Regional Council with pride.