Fifty Indigenous youth parliamentarians for the National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) 2017 will arrive in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon 23 May 2017.
There are six participants from each state and territory and two from the Torres Strait. To reach Canberra their combined travel will be over 82,000 kms, from Tully in tropical far north Queensland, the Torres Strait Islands off the northern tip of Australia, Milingimbi Island off Arnhem Land, the Tiwi Islands off Darwin, Tennant Creek, the Kimberley in the north-west, Albany in the south-west, Kalgoorlie in the goldfields, Encounter Bay on the south central coast of South Australia and Nubeena on the Tasman Peninsula and many points between.
The NIYP will be held over two days (27-28 May) in the former House of Representatives chamber at Old Parliament House Canberra, and will debate Bills on:
In the adjournment (final) debate the youth parliamentarians will speak on issues important to their community.
Further highlights of the week long program include:
Contact Pieta Horgan 0421 335 784 to arrange an interview with participants.