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Monday, 09 November 2009
ECU graduate Narelda Jacobs, Professor Colleen Hayward, Professor Michael Dodson, students Glenn Moore and Cassandra Riley with Ms Mary Ballantine
Last week students from Kurongkurl Katitjin, ECU’s Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research were given a unique opportunity to meet some ‘Great Australians’ at breakfast function held at the Government House Ballroom.
2009 Australian of the Year, Professor Michael Dodson AM and the 2009 West Australia Australian of the Year, Dr Penny Flett spoke at the function.
Professor Dodson gave a thought-provoking presentation that challenged all Australians to ensure Indigenous history and culture was part of the broader education and curriculum of our children.
He emphasised that with greater understanding by our children, integration, acceptance and equal opportunity for all, would be important outcome for Indigenous Australians.
Dr Penny Flett spoke about ‘what’s great about being an Australian’ and reinforced the importance of services and care for seniors and the disabled.
Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) said the event was a great opportunity for our ECU students and staff to meet and chat with Professor Dodson and Dr Flett.