To mark the historic passing of the Act of Recognition today I take this opportunity to highlight the positive work young people in my electorate are doing to promote reconciliation.
Last week in Canberra I met with the founder and CEO of ICEA Foundation (Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness), Lockie Cooke from Mosman Park.
Lockie was in Canberra to present at the Reconciliation Australia Lecture series. He was inspired to develop ICEA after a Christ Church Grammar School leadership camp to the Kimberly in 2006.
The ICEA Foundation is youth driven and works closely with young people in remote Indigenous communities in North Western Australia and High Schools in the Perth metropolitan area, particularly in the Curtin Electorate, to promote reconciliation through experiences, understanding and relationships.
ICEA runs a number of programs including ICEA conversations, the ICEA mentoring Program, ICEA Cultural Camps and ICEA Waves. ICEA Waves is a surf mentoring program that pairs young indigenous kids with non-indigenous surf mentors and will be held in Cottesloe on the 31st of August.
Information about ICEA and their programs can be found on their website at http://iceafoundation.com.au/