Monash hosts inaugural reconciliation lecture with the “Father of Reconciliation,” Patrick Dodson

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Monash University commences its inaugural reconciliation lecture with “the father of reconciliation,” Senator Patrick Dodson, on Friday 14 October.

Monash is committed to supporting and promoting Indigenous people and communities, with the lecture series celebrating the work of influential Indigenous people involved in the path to Reconciliation.

Hosted by Monash’s Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit, Senator Dodson will be in conversation with renowned Australian journalist Tracey Holmes at the State Library of Victoria.

Deputy Chair of the University’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Dr Peter Anderson,said Monash was honoured to host Pat Dodson who had made a significant contribution to reconciliation.

“Pat Dodson has been instrumental in embedding into the Australian psyche, both socially and politically, a model of reconciliation between Indigenous and other Australians that is underpinned by the right to self-determination by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

A prominent Indigenous leader, Senator Dodson was inaugural Chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (now Reconciliation Australia), Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Director of the Kimberley Land Council and Australia’s first Indigenous Roman Catholic Priest.

He also co-chaired the expert panel on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in 2008 and the John Curtin Medal in 2009.

In August this year, Monash University appointed Professor Mick Dodson, as a Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow to provide advice, leadership and mentoring on matters relating to Indigenous affairs.

Monash recruits and supports Indigenous students and staff in their education and employment aspirations. It is guided by the Monash University Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-18 in its respect for Indigenous people and cultures, nurturing relationships with Indigenous people and communities, and providing a culturally safe place for Indigenous people to live, work, and study.

Friday 14 October

10 am to 12 pm

Village Roadshow Theatrette at State Library of Victoria

To attend this free event, please register online.