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Special Event

United Nations (UN) International Day of the World's Indigenous People

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia celebrates the United Nations (UN) International Day of the Worlds Indigenous People with an engaging performance program. Audience members will be inspired by an intimate and entertaining program of spoken word, poetry and public performances that will be presented in the galleries. This program will feature Megan Davis and Mr Mick Gooda.


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Panelists

Megan Davis

Dr Megan Davis is a Professor of Law and is Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. Megan is a UN expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples.

In 2012, Megan was the Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on Violence Against Indigenous Women in New York. Megan is also a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and the NSW Sentencing Council.

Megan was also a member of the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Megan was the 2010 NAIDOC Scholar of the Year.

Mr Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people of central Queensland. He is a senior executive with 25 years’ experience and a record of attaining high-level goals and leading multi-million dollar service programs and organisational reform.

Immediately prior to taking up the position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick was the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) for close to five and a half years. Here, he drove a research agenda which placed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ‘front and centre’ in the research agenda, working alongside world leading researchers. His work at the CRCAH empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to lead the research agenda in areas including chronic disease management, skin infections and promoting cultural change in hospitals to make them more appropriate to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mick has extensive knowledge of the diversity of circumstance and cultural nuances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. He has been actively involved in advocacy in Indigenous affairs throughout Australia and has delivered strategic and sustainable results in remote, rural and urban environments. Mick has played a leadership role in a range of areas including: Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Legal Service (WA).
He is highly experienced in policy and program development in the public and community sectors.

Mick is also currently a Board Member of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Queensland, and is the Australian representative on the International Indigenous Council which focuses on healing and addictions. He also has an interest in the Lateral Violence Program in Canada and has been working closely with the First Nation people of Canada on the relevance of this program to Australia.


Image:
Fantasies of the Good 2004
charcoal on paper
13 parts, each 102 × 67.5 cm
Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2006

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Special Events for Adults Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander