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ANU Reconciliation Week Lectures

ANU 2019 Reconciliation Week Lecture

National Reconciliation Week is a time for the ANU Community to learn about and celebrate about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year's lecture is given by Professor Tony Dreise, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, and is titled Who is Australia? Public policy imagination and national identity - past, present and emerging.

Next year in 2020, the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) turns 30 years old. The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation was also created in 1990. To mark this special occasion, CAEPR plans to reflect on the past 30 years of policy making in Indigenous affairs as well as look to the next thirty years and beyond.

The work of CAEPR sits within a much bigger landscape of national policy making and a larger mural of national identity. With 2020 fast approaching, where are we at in Australia? What have we achieved? How are we going to change to better meet our national aspirations? Where is Australia heading? Most importantly, who are we?

ANU 2018 Reconciliation Week Lecture

Mr Peter Yu is a Yawuru Man from Broome in the Kimberley region in North West Australia with over 35 years experience in Indigenous development and advocacy in the Kimberley and at the state, national and international level.

He has been an advocate for the social, cultural and economic advancement and well being of Kimberley and other Aboriginal communities for his entire career. Over this period he has been instrumental in the development of many community based regional organisations.

He was Executive Director of the Kimberley Land Council during the 1990s and had a national leadership role negotiating the Australian nation's response to the High Court's 1992 Mabo decision.

Peter was a key negotiator on behalf of the Yawuru Native Title Holders with the Western Australian State Government and Shire of Broome over the landmark 2010 Yawuru native title agreement and is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Yawuru Corporate Group.

He is a Chair of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA Ltd), Deputy Chair of the AFL Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Deputy Chair of Broome Future Ltd, a Trustee of the Princes Trust Australia (PTA) and Council Member of the Australian National University (ANU).

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