The rights of Indigenous people

The rights of Indigenous people

QLD
May 20
CEDA convenes a robust, positive discussion of Indigenous rights where you will hear local, national and international voices question progress.

Speakers

Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, University of New South Wales
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Dr Chris Sarra, Director-General, Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Georgina Richters, State Director, PwC’s Indigenous Consulting

Event overview

New thinking, critical reforms and determined steps are required if we are to live up to our international obligations and our shared responsibility to ensure ours is a society, an economy, and a Federation in which First Nation peoples thrive.

As we negotiate a future Australia, the value of title and ownership are disputed and the price of injustice is questioned. Many are committed to deliver on responsibilities in an equitable society and to support the aspirations for truth, voice and agreement as articulated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Hear remarkable keynote speakers and join CEDA’s audience from business, government and academia for an important discussion about the future of our country and our people.

Meet the speakers

Professor Megan Davis
Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, University of New South Wales

Professor Megan Davis is a constitutional lawyer currently serving as an expert with the United Nations Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous peoples; a member of the NSW Sentencing Council; and an Australian Rugby League Commissioner. She has held important public policy roles here and internationally; has been the lead constitutional lawyer working on Indigenous constitutional reform since 2011; and in 2015 was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Referendum Council. 

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Victoria is a Kankana-ey Igorot woman from the Philippines now based in New York at the UN. She reports on and investigates human rights and promotes the implementation of international standards concerning the rights of Indigenous peoples globally. Victoria has said that “it is woefully inadequate that, despite having enjoyed over two decades of economic growth, Australia has not been able to improve the social disadvantage of its Indigenous population”. She has founded and managed NGO’s, advised the World Bank and is a member of the World Future Council.

Dr Chris Sarra
Director-General, Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Dr Chris Sarra has long pursued outcomes for Indigenous communities. High expectations have been central to his policy and practice. He has served as a teacher and school principal; was founder and Chair of the Stronger Smarter Institute; Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Committee; and an Australian Rugby League Commissioner. Chris holds a PhD in Psychology, a Bachelor of Education, Master of Teaching and an Executive Masters in Public Administration. He was appointed Director-General in 2018.

Meet the moderator

Georgina Richters
State Director, PwC’s Indigenous Consulting

Georgina has worked in leadership roles in the private and public sectors and is a Director on the national board of Bravehearts. She is experienced in delivering innovative community-based solutions that protect, restore and build positive lives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

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