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Narrm Oration 2017: Resilience and Reconstruction: the agency of women in rebuilding strong families, communities and organisations

University of Melbourne

Thursday, 16 November 2017 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (AEDT)

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Narrm Oration 2017 

 

The 2017 Narrm Oration will be delivered by June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Minister.

 

 'Resilience and Reconstruction: the agency of women in rebuilding strong families, communities and organisations.'

The Uluru Statement has inspired Indigenous people and many other Australians to think big about our sense of Australian nationhood and the potential for Indigenous recognition and inclusion in Australian nation building. Within this thinking, we must address the fundamental importance of rebuilding Indigenous communities whose cultural, social and economic fabric have been shattered by colonisation over many generations.

 June Oscar has devoted much of her life to community reconstruction in areas such as capacity building, asserting Native Title rights, revitalising language, economic development, and ensuring that women and children are safe. Throughout her life’s work I have been guided by the strength of Indigenous communities’ adherence to our culture and traditional values. Women have played a critical role in nurturing broken families and communities. It is so often women who have led the process of healing and reconciliation within our communities. We should see the social tragedy facing Indigenous communities within contemporary Australia as akin to societies recovering from the trauma of war and conflict. Consistent with experience throughout the world, it is so often women who resiliently protect the vulnerable in our communities and ensure that cultural knowledge is passed on to the next generation.

The Australian nation must invest in a strengths-based approach to Indigenous community rebuilding and recovery, and recognise that that our female leaders are the greatest agents for change and empowerment in this country. There is much to celebrate when we consider the great work being done by Indigenous women, and by the non-Indigenous women who have supported our aspirations and partnered with us in building a better tomorrow. As we as we begin to unlock our collective potential, Ms Oscar knows that there is so much more yet to come.


About the Narrm Oration
The Narrm Oration is presented by the University of Melbourne.  The vision for the Narrm Oration is to profile leading Indigenous thinkers from across the globe in order to enrich our ideas about possible futures for Indigenous Australia.


June Oscar

June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD .

She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category. In 2015 June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD.

June has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.

In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University.

June will begin her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on April 3, 2017. 

 

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Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre,
Arts West Building
University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC 3010
Australia

Thursday, 16 November 2017 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (AEDT)


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