Native Village Youth and Education News

March 1, 2009 Issue 195 Volume 1

 

Aboriginal leader Mick Dodson is Australian of the Year
By Alison Rehn
Condensed by Native Village


Australia: Indigenous leader Mick Dodson has been honored as  "Australian of the Year" for his tireless work to build bridges between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians
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"Mick Dodson has been a courageous fighter for reconciliation and for closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians," said Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.  "His efforts truly show that if we work together, we can achieve real progress."

Professor Dodson, 58, is a Yawuru man from the Broome area of Western Australia. He has spent his adult life pursuing understanding and justice through education, awareness and discussion among all Australians. He  mentors, nurtures, and promotes future Aboriginal leaders, and encourages respect between all peoples. 

Dodson is currently Director of the Australian National University's National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He is also Chairman of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.  Dodson describes himself as a "persistent bugger" in his unending quest to secure a better future for his people.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24960937-5001021,00.html 

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