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.

Else Grete Broderstad

Else Grete Broderstad is a Professor in Indigenous studies and the academic coordinator for the Master's Program in Indigenous Studies at University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway. She has a PhD in Political Science. Broderstad was a member of the first governmental committee on the High North and a member of the Sami Rights Commission (2000-2007).

Her research interests are within the areas of governance, indigenous rights and political participation combined with deliberative democracy and the significance of political procedures in the relationship between indigenous minorities and majorities. She was one of leaders for the community interviews in the cross-disciplinary project TUNDRA.

Recently she has produced a scientific paper on the resilience of small-scale fisheries, and written about the problems of reaching an agreement on the cross border reindeer husbandry management between Norway and Sweden. She is currently leading the research project The Arctic governance triangle: governments, Indigenous peoples and industry in change.