Emma preaches proud fu­ture

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

CITY of South Perth will cel­e­brate Naidoc Week with a se­ries of events ac­knowl­edg­ing Abo­rig­i­nal his­tory, cul­ture and achieve­ments.

Cel­e­bra­tions start with a flag rais­ing cer­e­mony to­day at the South Perth Com­mu­nity Hall to hon­our the cul­ture of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander peo­ple across Aus­tralia.

Miss Naidoc beauty pageant com­peti­tor Emma Gar­lett (22), who won Miss Pho­to­genic, will speak at the event.

Ms Gar­lett is a Noon­gar and Ya­matji woman and strong ad­vo­cate for indige­nous ex­cel­lence.

She said she wanted to em­power indige­nous peo­ple to work at an ex­ec­u­tive level in multi­na­tional cor­po­rate en­ter­prises.

“Lead­er­ship is not about hav­ing the most fol­low­ers, it’s about de­vel­op­ing and em­pow­er­ing our youth to be lead­ers be­cause they are our fu­ture.”

“I as­pire to cre­ate a fu­ture we can all be proud of, where shame is re­placed with pride,” she said.

In her fi­nal year at univer­sity, Ms Gar­lett is study­ing a bach­e­lor of law and com­merce while also work­ing at the univer­sity to de­velop its 2017-2020 Indige­nous Em­ploy­ment Strat­egy.

d456298 Emma Gar­lett. Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

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