2022 NAIDOC Entrants

Andrew Young - Capricorn Coast Indigenous Mob. Pictures supplied.

Andrew Young, 19.

Who is your sponsor?

I’m thankful to have The Capricorn Coast Indigenous Mob sponsor me. They are a small non-profit group on the Coast. They aim to promote and empower Indigenous people while sharing culture and knowledge with the community, especially during NAIDOC Week Celebrations. I will represent them with pride.

Can you tell me why you decided to nominate as an entrant this year?

To have fun and connect with other deadly Indigenous young people.

Who inspires you?

My older sister Miiesha is following her dream of becoming a world-famous singer. Lelarnie Hatfield gives so much of her time empowering young people and teaching Darumbal Culture and Language in our community.

What activities have you been involved in during the lead-up to the event?

The cultural photo shoots over the weekend at our NAIDOC Entrant Leadership Program Session.

What does this year’s theme ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’ mean to you?

To me, it means to be proud of who you are, to stand up for yourself and others and what you believe in and never be afraid to use your voice for a positive change.

What activity during NAIDOC Week are you looking forward to the most?

The NAIDOC Family Fun Day and Cultural Expo.

What would you like to do when you are older?

Be a professional in whatever I choose to do.

Jaylon Mimi, 20.

Who is your sponsor?

My sponsor is my employer Darumbal Enterprises Pty Ltd. I’m a Cultural Heritage Field Officer. My role is to do Cultural Heritage clearance and ensure contractors are not disturbing any Darumbal Cultural Significant sites while working on Country. We help many Indigenous and non-Indigenous community groups in Darumbal country and work to make an impact. For them to ask me to represent them as a 2022 NAIDOC Entrant is very exhilarating. It caught me off guard because I didn’t think they had any idea of its effect on me and the people around me. I am very proud to represent them and my people.

Can you tell me why you decided to nominate as an entrant this year?

To present me as a young Indigenous Australian male. I’m very proud to show off my culture and all that comes with it, and one of the main times I showcase it is during NAIDOC week. So, to be able to get the chance to win the NAIDOC Ball would be a big deal to me.

What does this year’s theme ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’ mean to you?

When I hear the theme in my head, I think of gaining the empowerment of actually putting it out there. Saying we are proud we are going to stand up for our people and stand up to other people and racism, it’s time to show we have a voice. It’s having to put in the effort and energy to want to stand up and show off what we are proud of.

What activity during NAIDOC Week are you looking forward to the most?

I’m most looking forward to the ball. I think the ball is the most hyped-up part of the whole thing, and everyone is excited about it.

What would you like to do when you are older?

Something I would want to do is try and be an inspiration for young children. I want to be able to help and have a significant impact on other young people wanting to have a better future for themselves.

Zalhi Hayden, 18.

Who is your sponsor?

I am sponsored by Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, the registered Native Title Body for Darumbal Country. They are also known as DPAC in the community. DPAC is a non-profit organisation that acts on behalf of the Darumbal People and for the benefit of our People, Community, Land, River and Sea Country. DPAC have six apical ancestors, and I am the proud descendant of Clara McKenzie.

Can you tell me why you decided to nominate as an entrant this year?

I decided to nominate as a 2022 Nadioc entrant because I got asked if I’d like to be in it, and I decided I would. I like to be involved in my community and am very proud of who I am. I like to take on any opportunity that may come my way, and I want to make my family proud as well as myself.

Who inspires you?

My inspiration would have to be my big brother Elijah Alberts. He was always by my side when times got rough and always had the best advice for me throughout my life growing up.

What activities have you been involved in during the lead-up to the event?

I have attended Indigenous yoga on the beach, took a cultural photo shoot at Konomie Island, and talked to the judges to let them get to know us more personally.

What does this year’s theme ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’ mean to you?

Get up, stand up, and show up speaks about our mob getting up for our people and fighting for what’s right and what we believe in. It’s about standing up for something you believe in for our people. We all need to get up, stand up and show up for our people, each other, and anyone without a voice.

What activity during NAIDOC Week are you looking forward to the most?

The activity I’m looking forward to the most is the Naidoc March because I love all coming together as one in the community and marching proudly.

Kyeema Hixon, 17.

Who is your sponsor?

Kyeema Hixon is sponsored by Rockhampton Flexi Learning Centre, who has said it has been wonderful to see her shine and grow.

Can you tell me why you decided to nominate as an entrant this year?

To get out of my comfort zone, be out in the community, and make friends.

What activities have you been involved in during the lead-up to the event?

I have been raising money by organising a big cook-up at a football carnival where I ran the canteen. I am looking at doing another fundraiser later this week.

What does this year’s theme ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’ mean to you?

It’s about having confidence in yourself and your self-worth. It doesn’t matter what colour you are, you get up, you move, you make choices, you decide who speaks into your life, you decide whether you’re not going to show up, but it’s about motivation, self-motivation, and motivating each other.

What activity are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to getting dressed up for the ball. But I also will participate in the elder’s morning tea, march, flag raising and more.

Entrant Shakoda Barry sponsored by Central Queensland Indigenous Development is also participating in the 2022 NAIDOC Week celebrations but unfortuantely was not available for comment.