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Indigenous Youth Parliament, 28 May 2009.

The Queensland Parliament hosted the inaugural Indigenous Youth Parliament on Thursday, 28 May 2009.

The Indigenous Youth Parliament provided young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders with the opportunity to share their opinions and learn how the Parliament works.

The 40 participants debated the Indigenous Youth Communities Bill 2009, the aim of which was to enhance social, educational and economic opportunities for Indigenous youth in Queensland.

The Indigenous Youth Parliament also included a Yarning Circle which had the objectives of teaching: understanding of traditional governance processes; the similarities of traditional and Westminster's styles of governance; and how these processes impact on Indigenous peoples.

The Yarning Circle was facilitated by Danny Doyle from the Department of Education Training and the Arts and Brett Nutley from the Queensland Parliament. The custodian of this program is Aunty Debra Bennet.

The Indigenous Youth Parliament was designed to lay foundations for future Indigenous representatives at all levels of government.


Brett Nutley and Danny Doyle facilitate the Yarning Circle.

The Mace is brought into the Chamber at the start of the first Indigenous Youth Parliament