Chern’ee is youth of year
BUNDABERG Indigenous artist Chern'ee Sutton has won the 2014 National NAIDOC Youth of the Year award.
The 17 year old was recognised at an event on Friday night for her contributions to many different charities and her commitment to reconciliation through her artwork.
Ms Sutton - a proud Kalkadoon woman - said she was humbled by winning the award and was proud to be recognised by her Elders and the indigenous community.
She said the award was the highlight of her career.
This year's theme for NAIDOC Week was "Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond" with the awards presented annually to celebrate the outstanding contribution that Indigenous Australians make to their communities and the nation.
Ms Sutton was one of more than 1200 guests at the 2014 National NAIDOC Awards night including state Aboriginal and Multicultural Affairs Minister Glenn Elmes and federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.