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Mikayla's Special Recognition - 22 June 2018

The 2018 NAIDOC Week theme, Because of her, we can, holds special significance for Year 11 student, Mikayla-Haze Adams-Houston, who has been announced as a finalist for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award at the Metropolitan Region Queensland Training Awards.

 

Mikayla, who is a Noonuccal woman of the Quandamooka people from North Stradbroke Island, credits her late great great grandmother as her inspiration to continue raising cultural awareness on behalf of her people through her work in the media.

 

Mikayla was shortlisted for the award following her recent completion of the Certificate III in Screen and Media. As part of her traineeship, Mikayla took on the role of broadcaster on Brisbane’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community radio station, 98.9FM. Working alongside radio personalities including Jamie Dunn, Clay Cassar Daley and Elijah Blair, Mikayla was involved in regular segments to discuss ‘hot topics’ as well as producing youth shows for the local radio station.

 

Mikayla said that her great great grandmother, Lilian Lifu, was a fierce advocate for her culture, and that she felt motivated to continue Lilian’s legacy.

 

“Back in the early 1900s, my great great grandnan protected our culture by teaching children on Stradbroke Island traditional weaving and language,” she said.

 

“It was a time when the government was trying to stop Aboriginal children from practising their culture.

 

“I want to be a spokesperson for my people, just like she was.”

 

Mikayla said that she didn’t mind whether she won the award, but being a finalist was a great honour.

 

“I want to show other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids that if I can do it, they can do it,” she said.

 

The Metropolitan Region Queensland Training Award winners will be announced at a gala on 27 July.