Indigenous students head to national leadership summit in Canberra

LEADERSHIP: Kirra Edwards and Joan Shillingsworth are going to Canberra for the NAIDOC leadership summit. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0703jkcanob1
LEADERSHIP: Kirra Edwards and Joan Shillingsworth are going to Canberra for the NAIDOC leadership summit. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0703jkcanob1

Two Year 12 students will be leaving the cold of Orange for the chill of Canberra and the snowfields on Sunday to attend the NAIDOC leadership summit.

Canobolas Rural Technology High School students Kirra Edwards and Joan Shillingsworth will spend several days in the region with the highlight being the summit for indigenous girls.

Guest speakers will include international model Samantha Harris, the 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Kristal Kinsela and the founder of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition Hayley McQuire.

Kirra and Joan are part of 65 indigenous Year 7-12 girls in the Girls Academy at Canobolas, one of 42 that mentor and assist high school girls nationally.

Girls Academy program manager at the school Nikita Mason said the summit enabled the students to come together and learn and also have fun in the snowfields outside the formal event.

Kirra said she went to a similar event last year and was keen to go again.

Joan said she wanted to learn and “experience new things’’ at the summit.

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