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									   Aboriginal Youth Mean Business Forum

                   Wednesday 27th May 2009
  Sebel on Albert Park, 65 Queens Road, Melbourne, Australia

9.30am                                           Arrival
          Young people and Forum Panel Members arrive at Sebel on Albert Park,
          65 Queens Road, Melbourne, Australia

10.00am                       Official Opening and Launch
          Venue: Grand Waldorf Lobby – Sebel on Albert Park
          Master of Ceremonies (MC) – Lionel Austin
          Welcome to Country – Boonwurrung Elder, Aunty Carolyn Briggs
          Official Opening and Launch: The Hon. Richard Wynne, Minister for
          Housing, Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs will official open and
          launch the:
                               -   Murrinbidja Trade Fair
                               -   Aboriginal Youth Mean Business Forum

          Murrinbidja Trade Fair
          (Please note: open all day for the public and buyers, closes at 6pm)

10.30am              Aboriginal Youth Mean Business Forum
          Venue: State Ballroom – Level 1 Sebel on Albert Park
          Master of Ceremonies (MC)– Lionel Austin
          Opening Address - Rudolf Kirby, Deputy Director, Indigenous Issues
          Unit, Department of Justice

10.40am                Entrepreneurs and Role Models Panel
          Panel of prominent Indigenous entrepreneurs and role models from
          Australia, New Zealand and Canada showcasing their businesses and
          sharing their journeys to success?
          The panel will be on the lounge style presentation, with panel members
          encouraged to have an informal chat with the MC and young people.
12.00pm                                                Lunch
               Lunchtime performance - Mr Morgz
               Corinthian Morgan aka Mr Morgz was Born in Shepparton, Victoria raised in
               Melbourne and is a proud Indigenous Yorta Yorta M.C. Morgz started writing
               and rapping in 2001 while incarcerated as a way to stay motivated.

12.45pm              Traditional Wisdom and Knowledge Workshop
               Workshop and discussion - Indigenous Elders Uncle Jimmy Little and Aunty
               Pam Pederson will conduct a workshop with Indigenous Youth. Around this
               issues of

               •    Where have we come from?
                      –   How do young people understand the journey of their Elders?
                      –   What were the challenges and opportunities?
               •    Where are we now?
                      –   How do young people view the current status of Aboriginal society?
                      –   What are the current challenges and opportunities?
               •    Where do we want to be?
                      –   What do young people see for the future of Aboriginal society?
                      –   What will be their challenges and opportunities?

               Special Guests: National Chief Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations

2.30pm                       Afternoon Tea and Forum Concludes
                                    Lucky Doorprize Draw

Master of Ceremonies
Lionel Austin

                       A proud young Gunditjamarra man, Lionel Austin has been involved in the Arts
                       industry since he was 16. He attended Swinburne University of Technology in
                       2002 and 2003 where he completed a diploma in Indigenous Performing Arts. His
                       current practice is theatre, including production and acting. Lionel has worked as
                       a stage manager for several Ilbijerri productions as well as with the Melbourne
                       Theatre Company’s hit production The Sapphires. He has acted in the Ilbijerri
                       Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Theatre production Natives Getting Restless
                       Funny as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and in the 2006
                       season of The Dirty Mile – A walking history trail of Indigenous Fitzroy. Lionel was
                       the 2006 Victorian state coordinator for NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and
Islanders Day Observance Committee) which, he says, was his biggest challenge to date. Lionel is also
currently a Breakfast Announcer on 3KND – Victorian Indigenous Community Radio Station.
Entrepreneurs & Role Models
                          Adrian Appo –CEO Ganbina – Australia, Victoria

                           GANBINA was established, as Koori Economic Employment & Training
                           Agency Inc (KEETA), in 1997. Its role is to act in the capacity of peak
                           Indigenous representative body in the Goulburn Valley for economic
                           employment and training issues. Next year, Adrian will attend a 10-day
                           intensive networking and learning course at Harvard University, Boston,
                           Massachusetts with the university’s business school. Adrian will be the only
                           Australian sponsored by Perpetual Trustees Limited through Social Ventures
                           Australia to attend the course. Adrian, who has never been to the US, said he
was humbled to be selected and was looking forward to networking with leaders within not-for-profit
organisations from around the world. Adrian arrived in Shepparton, Victoria, in 1994 from Bundaberg
(QLD). In his past life Adrian is a quailed electrician and has been a small business owner.

                                   Dara Morris – Soulveg – Australia, Victoria

                                  Soulveg is dedicated to delivering our customers only the highest
                                  quality delicious products. Everything that we produce is 100%
                                  vegan, and is made with only natural ingredients, with no artificial
                                  flavours, colours, or preservatives. Darah Morris and his wife
                                  Yahvinah, have pledged their time to raising awareness of healthy
                                  alternatives to the people of Australia, utilising the skills they learned
in their community. Darah, being of Aboriginal descent, has particular interest in increasing the health of
the Indigenous communities of Australia through improved diet. Darah, when not busy minding the
business, spends time studying Anthropology and Australian Indigenous Issues, and hopes to use his
knowledge one day to help all people.

                          Nathan Lovett-Murray – AFL Footballer & Payback
                          Records - Australia, Victoria

                          Indigenous Essendon AFL footballer Nathan Lovett-Murray, proudly launched
                          his record label, PAYBACK Records last year.
                           Nathan is passionate about the future of his record label which he hopes will
                           give young Indigenous people a voice though hip–hop. PAYBACK Records
artists have embraced their culture and turn out deadly and innovative Urban Hip-hop music. Nathan's
vision is for Victorian Koori Rap and Rhymes to belt out across the globe.

                  Deanna Pashe - Canada

                  Twenty year old Deanna Pashe I grew up in her father’s first nations, Dakota Tipi. Her
                  cultural background is Dakota and Ojibwa and was raised by her father in traditional
                  Dakota teachings. She is a loving devoting mother, a hard working student, and a
                  genuine good-hearted Samaritan. Deanna graduated in 2006 from Daniel McIntyre
                  High school. She later enrolled at Yellowquill College undertaking studies to become a
                  Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager. Deanna graduated along with an award for
Outstanding Achievement (2007). After a number of years of gaining work experience, she would like to
start an Aboriginal accounting firm for her people.

In her spare time Deanna is a model and works with modelling agency Spirit Model Executives. Deana
has modelled for Redskin magazine, SAY magazine, Northern Styles 2008 Native Beauty Calendar and
various newspapers. In 2007 she received the title of Top Native Model. She was also hired for run-way
model at L’Oreal fashion week and participated in various production film works and fashion shows.
                    Alyssa Reid - Canada

                   Alyssa began her career working in the Banking Industry when she was 15 years
                   old, through a summer student program offered by the Assembly of Manitoba
                   Chiefs. Throughout her banking career Alyssa assisted many businesses with their
                   start up and growth but was happiest when working with Aboriginal youth. Alyssa
                   graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba with a
major in Economics and a minor in Business. She is a founding member of the first Aboriginal Chamber
of Commerce and belongs to the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Trilogy Group, Entrepreneurnet, sits on
the Public Relations and Donations committee for the YMCA Women of Distinction Awards and acts as
the Networking Director for Bring Back the Spirit Pow Wow Celebration Inc. Along with her colleagues at
BDC, Alyssa assisted with the start up of a networking group for professional women.

                  Patrick Porter – Jade Creative - New Zealand

                 Jade Creative specialise in websites that generate sales and work with businesses
                 that need to sell online and manage their website content. Jade Creative build
                 commercially effective websites that are designed, developed and marketed to their
clients target audience. While Jade Creative is based in Christchurch, the nature of their business
means they work effectively with clients throughout New Zealand and the world. Anything is virtually
possible. Jade Creative services include: Web design, Web development, Web hosting, eCommerce
website, website marketing, branding and identity and website maintenance and support.

                                   Leah Poto – An Eye 4 Art - New Zealand

                                   Leah Poto is the founder of An Eye 4 Art. The business was
                                   established in 2004. Leah's passion for Art commenced in 1999 with
                                   the Julie O' handcrafted Glassware business that was inspired by her
                                   mother Julie Spittlehouse. Leah is 1 of 4 siblings born in Auckland
                                   and raised in South Auckland for 36 years. Leah's cultural background
                                   is pakeha Maori and her Iwi is Ngati Ruanui.

“My passion is to create in an environment that will allow artists to sell and market their artworks within a
marketing and sales structure customised to the individual’s capacity levels. My medium that I enjoy
working with is glass but are able to put my hand to several mediums”.

My purpose is to express my Passion about affordable art, Commitment to succeed and Energy to
motivate, ensuring that customers can purchase with absolute satisfaction and ensuring that staff are
involved with the action plans and maintaining a positive attitude when Promoting New Zealand Art.

                  Destiny Seymour – Canada

                   Education has played a huge role in Destiny’s career path to which she credits her
                   parents for their unwavering encouragement. As residential school survivors,
                   Destiny’s parents made it clear that through education, self-empowerment is possible.
                   In 2000, Destiny graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology
and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. After spending time teaching in Japan, her passion for learning
about people, cultures and healthy environments pushed her to continue her post-secondary studies.
She has just recently finished her course work for her Master’s degree from the Faculty of Architecture
at the University of Manitoba. Destiny is highly aware that her educational success would not have been
possible without the support she has received from her family, peers, and community. As a way of
giving back, Destiny has committed herself to becoming involved in planning and advocating positive
community change.
Traditional Wisdom and Knowledge Workshop
Join Uncle Jimmy Little and Aunty Pam Pederson in a workshop that engages
Indigenous young people in discussion on traditional wisdom and knowledge and its
impact on Aboriginal people today.

International Elder Guest
                             National Chief Phil Fontaine – National
                             Assembly of First Nations - Canada

                             National Chief Phil Fontaine is a dedicated and highly respected
                             leader in Canada. He has been instrumental in facilitating change
                             and advancement for First Nations people from the time he was first
                             elected to public office as Chief, at the young age of 28. He is a
                             proud member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba and still
                             plays an active role in the support of his community.

Lunch time performance
                        Corinthian Morgan aka Mr Morgz was born in Shepparton,
                        Victoria raised in Melbourne and is a proud Indigenous Yorta Yorta M.C.
                        Morgz started writing and rapping in 2001 while incarcerated as a way to
                        stay motivated.

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