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Yarning Circle – Reconciliation Today

Join with current and past members of the Reconciliation Queensland Inc. Management Committee discussing “Reconciliation today” so we can plan for tomorrow.

This is the second of a series of three Yarning Circles that Reconciliation Queensland is hosting to chart the progress of reconciliation over several decades in Queensland.

WHEN: Sunday, 13th March 2022, from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm
WHERE: ZOOM Webinar Meeting Online

JOIN US ONLINE: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2764425144
Dial-in: 07 3185 3730 | Meeting ID: 276 442 5144

Our guest speakers will include:

Peter Jackson

Peter has been an active member of the Samford Reconciliation Group and RQI since 1995 and served 15 years as Co-Chair for Reconciliation Queensland Inc, stepping down at the 2021 AGM.

In his professional capacity prior to his retirement, Peter held the position of Project Manager for Statewide Professional Development in the Department of Education Training and the Arts.

Before joining the Queensland Government he worked for many years in the television broadcasting industry as an employee of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and in earlier years for a national commercial network.

Throughout his career Peter has had the opportunity to liaise, consult and develop mutually respectful and rewarding personal and professional relationship with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a large number of remote, rural and urban communities in every Australian State and Territory.

Peter is committed towards social justice for all people and fully supports the principles of Reconciliation.

On a personal basis Peter and his wife enjoy all the benefits of having a very diverse and extended multicultural family.

Aunty Denise Proud

Aunty Denise Proud has been acknowledged as an Honorary Research Senior Fellow of The University of Queensland and is an internationally renowned presenter, educator, author and artist.

Aunty Denise is a proud Aboriginal woman who was born and raised in Cherbourg. She delivers cultural and educational workshops across a range of sectors and industries to better support organisations in engaging and collaborating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Aunty Denise has been instrumental in raising awareness of the importance of early childhood education and the benefits to parents during the early years of her career and as the Teacher in Charge at the first Kindergarten in Cherbourg.

She has a long and diverse professional career, including working for over twenty years in various prisons where she delivered cultural and educational programs for prisoners.

Aunty Denise is Co-Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education sub-committee at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a board member at Nungeena Aboriginal Corporation for Women’s Business.

Uncle Maurice Serico

Uncle Maurice Serico is an Aboriginal man of Gubbi Gubbi, Jiman and UK Australian heritage. He completed his BA in philosophy and English literature at University of Queensland in 1979.

Since 1980, he has worked in Aboriginal Affairs including in the office of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and a variety of positions in Aboriginal health, eduction and TAFE and human resources in both the public and community sectors.

Uncle Maurice combines his roles on the RQI management committee and as Chair of Balaangala Community Group (The Gap), while managing a chronic kidney condition. He participates in supporting the kidney health community.

Uncle Bill Buchanan

Uncle Bill Buchanan is a descendant of the Kooma/Gwamu First Nation Peoples of SW Qld, a former Aboriginal Co-Chair and State Coordinator (Constitutional Recognition Coalition) at Reconciliation Queensland (RQI).

Uncle Bill is a serving Aboriginal Elder/Respected Person of the Murri Courts in Queensland and an Ambassador of the National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN).

Uncle Bill is also acknowledged as a strategic and conceptual thinker with keen interests in the application of corporate social responsibility investment strategies to achieve reconciliation and equity.

He is keen to see all levels of business and government adopt the key recommendations of the recent ‘State of Reconciliation in Australia’ report into their corporate programs and practise.

As a community Elder, Uncle Bill acknowledges the great potential of the World Indigenous Nations University (WINU) developed in 2013 under the Charter of the United Nations can also have in progressing reconciliation priorities for our First Nation Peoples.

With the WINU now establishing its presence here in Australia, it is an important time to  coordinate investment and to accelerate the revitalisation and restoration of the academy of Australia’s many First Nation Peoples particularly in the key areas of traditional knowledges, cultural governance and languages.

Uncle Bill is a long serving member of RQI and has significant experience in developing and integrating Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) as well as implementing the “Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning” programs for Queensland schools and early learning institutions.

He has also significant experience working in the community, government and private sectors as an Indigenous business facilitator, strategic policy advisor, program manager, cultural competence/cultural safety trainer and complexity management practitioner.

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