Road to recognition: an international perspective

National Press Club Address on 'Road to recognition: an international perspective'

As part of The Australian National University's First Nations Governance Forum, three of the world's preeminent Indigenous rights experts will discuss pathway options for First Nations governance reform in Australia. Sharing their vast international experiences of Indigenous people around the world including Aotearoa (New Zealand), Canada, USA and Scandinavian countries, the panel will look at what options are available for one of the most important issues facing the country.

Professor Mick Dodson AM

Professor Mick Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples - the traditional owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is the former Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University.

Mick Dodson was Australia's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission. Born in Katherine in the Northern Territory, Mick was educated in Katherine, Darwin and Victoria. He completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University.

Mick was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Mick Dodson has been a prominent advocate on land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as a vigorous advocate of the rights and interests of indigenous peoples around the world.

In 2009, Mick Dodson was named Australian of the Year by the National Australia Day Council. Professor Dodson was formerly the Malcolm Fraser & Gough Whitlam Harvard Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University Cambridge USA.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Victoria is an indigenous leader from the Kankanaey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. She is a social development consultant, indigenous activist, civic leader, human rights expert, public servant, and an advocate of women's rights in the Philippines.

She was the former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2005‐2010). As an indigenous leader she got actively engaged in drafting and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. She helped build the indigenous peoples' movement in the Cordillera as a youth activist in the early 1970s. She helped organize indigenous peoples in the community level to fight against the projects of the Marcos Dictatorship such as the Chico River Hydroelectric Dam and the Cellophil Resources Corporation. These communities succeeded in stopping these.

She is the founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples' International Center for Policy Research and Education). Ms. Tauli‐Corpuz has founded and managed various NGOs involved in social awareness raising, climate change, the advancement of indigenous peoples' and women's rights. A member of the Kankana‐ey Igorot peoples, she was the chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is an Expert for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and has served as the chairperson‐ rapporteur of the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. She is also the indigenous and gender adviser of the Third World Network and a member of United Nations Development Programme Civil Society Organizations Advisory Committee.

Lars-Anders Baer

Lars-Anders Baer, 65 years, former president /chairman of the Sámi Parliament in Sweden and former president of Sámi Parliamentary Council. He has studied law at the Uppsala and he and his family are also involved in traditional reindeer herding.

He was engaged in the Sámi and international indigenous movement early years. In the early 1970s he was the chairman of the Sámi youth organisation Sáminuorra and also involved to organise the pan-Sámi youth movement. Since the beginning of the 1980s he was engaged in Union of the Swedish Sámi, the main Sámi organisation in Sweden. He was the chairman of the organisation between 1993- 2001.

Between year 2001 and 2009 he was acting at the president/chairman of the Sámi Parliament in Sweden. On the national level he has participate in several governmental commissions, for instance the commission that suggested that ILO Convention no 169 should be ratified by Sweden in 1998. He has also served as an expert and Sámi representative in Swedish official delegations in different UN, European Union and other regional and international events.