Published Koori Mail, 8 February 2017

THE Recognise Youth campaign has kicked off in Queensland, with young people travelling from across the state to discuss constitutional recognition.

The Brisbane workshop saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander campaigners aged 15 to 25 consider constitutional change and the broader historical movements for rights and reconciliation.

The Recognise Youth workshops are a training and leadership-focused QLD program, working towards building a network of young advocates who will again skills to campaign for constitutional recognition and for other issues important to them.

There are currently more than 40 youth representatives across Australia. This workshop was the fifth in the national series with previous workshops held in Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Recognise Youth co-coordinator and Gamilaraay woman, Nioka Tyson said young people are driving this campaign. “The Recognise Youth team is engaging young people around the country as youth representatives to help build momentum for constitutional recognition in their states and communities, ahead of a likely referendum this year,” she said.

Ms Tyson said 10 young people from across Queensland, including from Brisbane, Port Douglas, Coolum Beach, Rockhampton, Mount Isa, Bentley Park, Arukun, Pormpuraaw and North Stradbroke Island attended the workshop.