As National Reconciliation Week comes to an end, we celebrate the work of two exceptional indigenous women.
N’arweet Carolyn Briggs AM, Traditional Owner, Boon wurrung and RMIT Elder, completed her PhD at RMIT in May 2020, researching ways the knowledge of Elders can assist urban Aboriginal youth to understand the culture. She established the Boon wurrung Foundation and has contributed to the restoration of the Boon wurrung language and promotion of Boon wurrung culture and heritage.
Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robertson, Goenpul, Quandamooka, Professor of Indigenous Research, RMIT, was recently appointed a member of the prestigious American Academic of Arts & Sciences.
We also end National Reconciliation Week with race, justice and equity very much at the forefront. The death of George Floyd in America is a painful reminder of the inequities that remain. The police treatment of a young aboriginal man in Sydney yesterday and Australia’s record of indigenous incarceration and deaths in custody speak to the urgent need for change.
National Reconciliation Week has invited us all “to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia”. Our reconciliation work, personally and collectively, is important.