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Future Indigenous leaders converge on Broome for National Indigenous Business Summer School

Callan Morse -

Future Indigenous leaders gathered at the University of Notre Dame's Broome campus recently, participating in a program designed to inspire Australia's next generation.

32 Indigenous high school students attended the National Indigenous Business Summer School program, which was held in WA's far north for the first time.

The year 10 and 11 students came together on Saturday, spending six days learning from Indigenous leaders, entrepreneurs and local business owners.

They included 2020 New South Wales Young Achiever of the Year, Corey Tutt OAM, who travelled to Broome to deliver the event's keynote speech.

A proud Kamilaroi man from the NSW south coast, Professor Tutt is an author, social entrepreneur and founder of DeadlyScience, a non-for-profit that provides science equipment to remote schools across the country.

Professor Tutt said the summer school program was a fantastic opportunity for young Indigenous students.

"I'm looking forward to yarning with these Indigenous leaders of the future about my experiences in creating and growing DeadlyScience into Australia's leading STEM charity focusing on Indigenous students," he said.

"When I was growing up I'd have loved to have had the opportunity to attend an event like this."

Notre Dame's National Head of the School of Business and Law, Professor Michael Quinlan, said the university was thrilled to be able to host the event at its Broome campus, providing the Indigenous students with a unique insight into university life and a potential future career in business.

"The students will hear first-hand from local Aboriginal entrepreneurs about the opportunities that working in business may bring," Professor Quinlan said.

"They will be able to create business ideas of their own, giving them the potential to build a legacy for themselves and their families.

"By bringing these students together in Broome we hope to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness, and to nurture their interest in studying business at a university level.

"But I am sure that it won't only be the participating students who benefit from the time together - there will be much that everyone participating in the event will gain, particularly all of us involved from Notre Dame."

The program is an initiative of the Australian Business Deans Council, which collaborates with business schools at Western Australian universities.

It is guided by the principle of Katitjiny Boya Birrit, Noongar for 'pathway to understanding business'.

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