The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) conducted the National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) in May to mark the 50th anniversary of Indigenous Australians winning the right to vote, to support the development of future Indigenous leaders and to promote electoral participation to young people.
The week-long program provided expert training in how government works, how laws are made, public speaking and dealing with the media. Fifty young Indigenous participants met with and learned from the nation's leaders and experts in their fields, including the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, Ministers, Members of Parliament and Senators and members of the parliamentary press gallery.
The centrepiece was the actual two-day Parliament in the Museum of Australian Democracy at old Parliament House in Canberra where the young participants debated Bills addressing the issues confronting their communities.
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following program may contain images and voices of deceased persons.
The video presents the NIYP experience through the eyes of four participants: what it involved, what it meant to them and how they will apply the lessons learned.
This version presents the highlights.