Category: Speaker

Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara / Kokatha kunga (woman) born on Kaurna land in 1963. As a baby Ali was adopted into the Eckermann family.  After failed attempts she was assisted by Link Up to find her mother Audrey, and four years later her son Jonnie. Her journey was supported by many members of […]

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Image of Uncle Ossie Cruse by Kate Howarth

Ossie Cruse AM MBE, Aboriginal Elder and Christian Pastor, has for over 20 years been a prominent campaigner for reconciliation and social justice for Australia’s Indigenous peoples. A member of the Monaro people of NSW’s South Coast, he served for 13 years on NSW’s Aboriginal Advisory Council during the 1970s and 80s, and was Chairman […]

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Leading Aboriginal author and historian Bruce Pascoe will be appearing at Giiyong Festival to present a reading of his fiction works, and a talk about his award winning book Dark Emu, which puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. Pascoe’s work is leading the way in reappraising the Indigenous history […]

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Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic from southwest New South Wales. After a longer teaching career, she completed a doctorate in Australian literature and Aboriginal representation and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University. She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council grant for […]

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Glenn Shea is a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people, around the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia. Glenn was the first Aboriginal actor to graduate from NIDA, and is now a respected actor and playwright. He has appeared in many leading theatre productions, films and TV series including Redfern Now and East of Everything,  and […]

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Sassi Nooyoom (dialect of the Wakka Wakka language) was born on Gunai/Kurnai country (Yarram) Victoria. Her mother’s family are of English and Scottish background (dairy farmers), her great grandfather was an illegitimate child. Her father and grandmother (Pickering) are from Wakka Wakka (Gayndah) country and her grandfather (Holt) born on Gyiri (Springsure) before his family […]

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Gweagal and Dharawal man Rodney Kelly, based in Bermagui NSW,  started a campaign in 2016 to have his ancestors artefacts returned which were taken on the day James Cook arrived at Botany Bay in 1770. Rodney has traveled to London three times to speak with the British Museum and the Cambridge Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, which […]

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Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA is Bidjara and Birri Gubba Juru from Queensland. Jackie is the Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. She was the National Co-ordinator for the Aboriginal Women’s Unit in DAA in 1984 and on the Steering Committee for the Aboriginal Women’s Task Force which produced the Women’s Business report. She was the […]

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