Aboriginal leader Mick Dodson is Australian of the
By Alison Rehn
Condensed by Native Village
leader Mick Dodson has been honored as "Australian of the Year"
for his tireless work to build bridges between
indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
"Mick Dodson has been a courageous fighter for
reconciliation and for closing the gap between
indigenous and non-indigenous Australians," said
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
"His efforts truly show that if we work together, we can
achieve real progress."
Professor Dodson, 58, is a Yawuru man from the Broome
area of Western Australia. He has spent his adult life pursuing
understanding and justice through education, awareness
and discussion among all Australians. He
mentors, nurtures, and promotes future Aboriginal leaders, and encourages
respect between all peoples.
Dodson is currently Director of the Australian National
University's National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He
is also Chairman of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Studies. Dodson describes himself as a
"persistent bugger" in his unending quest to secure a
better future for his people.
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