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The Dungala Kaiela Oration is co-hosted by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne.

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Orator: Ms Josephine Sukkar AM

The Dungala Kaiela Oration is co-hosted annually by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne. This major event challenges and inspires the creation of a shared cultural identity and the building of an inclusive vision of nationhood and prosperity of the Yorta Yorta and other First Nations peoples.

The Oration talks to the power of opportunity and collaboration. It shines a light on the ‘Nanyak’, the invincible spirit of the Yorta Yorta and other First Nations peoples in promoting a path for prosperity and productivity within an inclusive respectful society.

In this 13th year of the Dungala Kaiela Oration, we are delighted and honoured to have the Chair of the Australian Sports Commission, Ms Josephine Sukkar AM deliver the oration. Josephine is Chair of the Australian Sports Commission, co-founder and principal of construction company Buildcorp, and president of Australian Women’s Rugby.

The power of sport reaches into the hearts and minds of First Nations and other peoples in Australian society.

Ms Sukkar’s oration will talk to the undeniable power within the infrastructure of sport in Australia to harness and channel the passion of the Australian people. She will highlight the willingness and ability within sporting infrastructure to tackle the insidious issue of institutional racism and to be a critical cornerstone in creating a healthy, vibrant nation we can all proud to be contribute to. And one in which we can all be winners.

It’s important that now, more than ever, is a time to acknowledge that systemic institutional racism exists and that a national strategic approach is required within peak sporting codes to adopt unifying standards across all forms and codes to commit to tackling imbedded cultural ignorance and the acts of racist behaviour that occur as a result.

The Yorta Yorta people will take a leading position in working with the people of the Goulburn Murray region and Australians all over the country, to achieve the goal of eradicating institutional racism and building a better, faster, stronger, fitter society.

The 13th annual Dungala Kaiela Oration will begin this important conversation.

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The Kaiela Institute was established in 2011 to promote a collaborative vision and aspiration for a positive future for the Aboriginal community in the Goulburn Valley. The Institute provides a place and a process to encourage and support local Aboriginal leaders and institutions to take a strategic approach to building this positive future for the whole community. Working in partnership with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations across four key areas – aspiration, enablement, responsibility and opportunity – the Kaiela Institute delivers on education, employment, health, social inclusion, cultural expression and cultural affirmation to create an environment that will promote collaborative visioning and aspiration for a positive future for our community.

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