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2 – 9 July 2023
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Kiel Williams-Weigel

Youth of the Year

Twenty-four-year-old Kiel Williams-Weigel was born and raised inBrisbane and is a proud descendant of the Mununjali people of the Beaudesert region.

After immersing himself in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, Kiel developed a strong desire for a better life for Indigenous people in contemporary Australia.

He was the first in his family to attend university, graduating with a Bachelor of Education from Griffith University. He is now a literacy coordinator at Clontarf Aboriginal College in Western Australia and a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, where he helps other teachers understand the needs of Indigenous school students.

Kiel is keen to undertake further study and hopes one day to be a principal in an Indigenous school.

Through his dedication, passion and love for his people, Kiel has influenced many young lives. He is a role model for Indigenous students and an inspiration for other young educators.