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2018 First Nations Youth Summit


Over 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth will travel to Brisbane from across Australia to attend the First Nations Youth Summit at Fishburners, Australia’s largest community of scalable tech startups.

The First Nations Youth Summit aims to support, inspire and empower Australia’s First Nations Youth through technology, leadership and entrepreneurship workshops and discussions by First Nations Youth, for First Nations Youth. The summit is sponsored by CSIRO and Microsoft Australia, and is organised by volunteers from Barayamal.

The summit will consist of a Welcome to Country by a local Aboriginal Elder, guest speakers, yarning circles and a “Startup Competition” to explore how technology and entrepreneurship can help First Nations youth achieve their self-determination aspirations with the aim of contributing to sustainable First Nations communities.

Furthermore, it’s a chance to gain important insights into what skills are needed for the jobs of the future and an opportunity to connect with other First Nation youth, create new professional networks and learn new skills to take back to their local communities.

With over half (53%) First Nations youth aged under 25 years, the summit is an important opportunity for First Nations youth to voice their concerns and offer real solutions to help Close the Gap through the “First Nations Youth Report”, which will be develop and publish post-summit.

“In the past, the Government has failed to really listen to First Nations people (in my opinion) and make a real difference in closing the disparity and opportunity gap. The First Nations Youth Report will be developed and publish after the summit. The First Nations Youth Report will provide politicians and changemakers (who want to listen) with invaluable information and advice from First Nations youth, which will allow them to positively change policies and barriers to a create a better Australia for First Nations people, and all Australians.” said Dean Foley, Founder at Barayamal and Lead Organisor of the First Nations Youth Summit.

“I did invite the current Australian Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, however he declined my invitation… I genuinely extend that invite to other politicians and changemakers who genuinely want to make a real difference to please attend the First Nations Youth Summit and listen to the future leaders of tomorrow.”

First Nations Youth Summit Speakers & Mentors

  • Jayde Geia, Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young.

  • Talie Elu, Manager at Faces of the Straits.

  • Dean Foley, Founder at Barayamal and the Indigipreneur Podcast.

  • Dylan Mottlee, Founder at Deals Online and Director at Burbaga Aboriginal Corporation.

  • Celeste Carnegie, Indigenous STEAM Program Producer at Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

  • Leslie Dingo, Professional Trader and Investor.

  • Matthew Compton, Chief Operations Officer at Really.

  • Tamina Pitt, Former Software Engineering Intern at Google.


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