Self-Determination and the Sharing of Dreams: Maori and Aboriginal Australians Telling Stories
Free Public Lecture
Rumbalara Football Netball Club
Rumbalara Football Netball Club
Mercury Drive, Shepparton
Moana Jackson has said he wishes to see the world's Indigenous Peoples "at home in country, and at home in the world".
In this 10th annual Dungala Kaiela Oration, Moana Jackson will argue that the hundreds of Indigenous Peoples who helped draft the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples had many hopes and aspirations, perhaps the most common and important being that all Indigenous Peoples would once again be able to determine their own destinies; that the right of self-determination that had been so long denied would once again be accorded recognition, so that the people could flourish and prosper.
Part of that flourishing would be the right of Indigenous Peoples to not just be safe and secure at home in country, but to be confident and brave at home in the world; to merge ancient wisdoms and contemporary knowledge into a uniquely Indigenous approach to the problems that beset us all. To walk proudly wherever destiny might lead.
The exciting initiatives begun in this region and this country indicate that the hopes shared by so many during the drafting of the UN Declaration can be made real with imagination and bravery. So what else might Indigenous Peoples imagine for the future, what else might societies need to be brave about?
Moana will explore those questions and seek answers, confident in the belief that the Yorta Yorta people, like all Indigenous Peoples, can dare to dream new dreams.
About the Oration
The Dungala Kaiela Oration is an annual event co-hosted by Shepparton's Dungala Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne. The Orations examine culture, climate change, economics and regional development, legal issues, health and society. The aim of the Oration is to celebrate Aboriginal cultural identity, create a shared vision for the people of the greater Goulburn Murray region, and build bridges to promote Aboriginal social and economic development.
Mr Moana Jackson
Moana Kauwhakatuakina Jackson is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine and Ngati Porou descent from the east coast of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Moana is a respected lawyer who graduated from Victoria University in Wellington and is highly regarded throughout Māoridom and mainstream Aotearoa for his measured and important contributions to the struggles of the Māori people in terms of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) 1840, sovereignty issues and Indigenous rights. Moana helped develop the original Wai 262 claim relating to intellectual property rights for indigenous flora and fauna and the rights of Māori over their Taonga*. Moana has recently cochaired a major Working Group on Constitutional Transformation that was charged with developing a new constitution for Aotearoa based on the Treaty of Waitangi. *Taonga is any treasure in Maori culture, tangible or intangible, including flora and fauna, waterways, fisheries, language, spiritual beliefs and practices etc.