Australia’s First Peoples have significantly contributed to our country through their rich history and cultural heritage, deadly sports feats, and individual achievements. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to face some of the greatest injustices experienced by any group in Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up an estimated 3% of Australia’s population, however they are 13 times more likely to be incarnated compared to non-Indigenous Australians. The life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is significantly lower than that of non-Indigenous Australians and despite having inhabited Australia for more than 40,000 years they still fail to be recognised in Australia’s Constitution.
Indigenous Rights Night will explore the rights of Australia’s First People. Join our panel of experts as they discuss recognition, Indigenous incarceration, the right to self-determination and what individuals can do to improve the situation in Australia.
- Aunty Ann Weldon (Coe), Wiradjuri Woman and National NAIDOC Committee Member and Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council Board Member
- Jody Broun, Yindjibarndi Woman and NSW Executive Director, Australian Red Cross
- Nathan Moran, CEO, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
- Mark Yettica-Paulson, an Indigenous man from the South East Queensland and North East NSW regions and Joint Campaign Director, Recognise
- Nicole Watson, is a member of the Birri-Gubba People and the Yugambeh language group and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney
- Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW and the Managing Solicitor of Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service ACT/NSW
Moderator: Gemma McKinnon, Associate Lecturer and UNSW Law Aboriginal HDR Fellow, The University of New South Wales Law School.
Register to attend the Indigenous Rights Night event.