The Constitutional Recognition Forum held at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) was an opportunity for me to listen and participate in the important discussions around constitutional change. I learned that a successful movement like the 1967 referendum starts with promoting knowledge and understanding so people are able to make informed decisions.
The forum—that brought together almost 70 young people from right around Australia—was my first experience in facilitation and I was a little bit nervous. But the group was fantastic and participants displayed a great deal of energy and passion. This forum has definitely set a very high standard for future forums on constitutional change.
The Constitutional Recognition Youth Forum was a life changing experience for many of the participants. It was an opportunity for these young people to build their confidence, it helped them form an opinion on constitutional recognition and it was a fun and safe environment for them to share their ideas and perspectives.
I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of such a successful and important event.