This year, we are celebrating the 15th annual Dungala Kaiela Oration and an important referendum on First Peoples’ recognition in the Australian Constitution. The Kaiela Institute, in association with the University of Melbourne, are delighted and honoured to present Professor Megan Davis as the 2023 keynote speaker.
The Oration challenges the region and our nation to create a better future, to formally recognise Yorta Yorta and other First Nations people and to build a culturally inclusive nation. It shines a light on the ‘Nanyak’, the invincible spirit of the Yorta Yorta and other First Nations peoples in promoting a path for prosperity and productivity within an inclusive respectful society.
In this 15th year of the Dungala Kaiela Oration, we are delighted and honoured to have renowned constitutional lawyer and public law expert Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Society (PVCS) at UNSW Sydney. Professor Davis is also the Balnaves Chair of Constitutional Law, a UNSW Scientia Professor, a Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law Centre UNSW Law.
Professor Davis is a Cobble Cobble woman of the Barunggam Nation and a renowned constitutional lawyer and public law expert, focusing on advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Her work extends internationally, through roles at the United Nations, focusing on global Indigenous rights. In this capacity, she was elected by the UN Human Rights Council to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples based in Geneva in 2017 and again in 2019 (2019-2022) and served previously as an expert member and Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Headquarters in New York (2011-2016).
She is currently the Chair of the Expert Mechanism. Professor Davis is an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She is also a member of the Australian Rugby League Commissioner.
The Kaiela Institute was established in 2011 to promote a collaborative vision and aspiration for a positive future for the Aboriginal community in the Goulburn Valley. The Institute continues the work of the Koori Resource and Information Centre which was established in 1988. The Institute stimulates the region and its partners to take a strategic approach to building a positive future for the whole community. The Kaiela Institute works in partnership with all levels of government and industry including Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations.
Host: Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne
Program: Dungala Kaiela Oration 2023
Orator: Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Society, UNSW Sydney
Date: Thursday, 24 Aug 2023 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM AEST
Location: Rumbalara Football Netball Club 20 Mercury Drive Shepparton, VIC 3630
Tickets: Order Online at Eventbrite
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