NAIDOC Webinar - Always Was, Always Will Be.
Moderator - Lil Gordon, Head of Aboriginal Affairs
Professor Heidi Norman
Heidi Norman is a Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney. She researches and publishes in the areas of NSW Aboriginal history and politics. Her research has included a history of the NSW Annual Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, NSW Land Rights and Aboriginal economies.
Her books include a Political History of NSW Aboriginal Land Rights (2015) and study of 45 years of media coverage of Aboriginal political aspirations. She is a descendant of the Gomeroi people from north western NSW, member of AIATSIS and NSWAA Research advisory group.
Her recent book is: ''What do we want?': A political history of Aboriginal land rights in NSW'.
Her latest edited collection is: 'Does the media fail Aboriginal political aspirations? 45 years of news media reporting on key political moments'. https://aiatsis.gov.au/publications/products/does-media-fail-aboriginal-political-aspirations-45-years-news-media-reporting-key-political-moments/paperback
Ray Ingrey is a Dharawal person from the La Perouse Aboriginal community. Ray has a number of leadership roles within his community, including Chair of the La Perouse Aboriginal Community Alliance, Chair of the Gujaga Foundation and Deputy Chair of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council. Ray has been leading language reclamation programs for nearly 20 years and believes it’s important “our young ones grow up with a solid cultural foundation and become strong with who they are and where they belong” which will put them on the right path in achieving any goal they set in the future. Ray is also a Member of the NSW Aboriginal Languages Trust.
Councillor Alfie Walker is a proud Wiradjuri & Yuin man of NSW. He has grown up and lived in Goulburn his whole life, and was the first Aboriginal person elected to Goulburn Mulwaree Council in 2012 and subsequently elected Deputy Mayor from 2016-2018. He is a current Board Member of Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council and has served on the Board in various roles such as Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Officer bearer continually since 2004. He was appointed Australian Youth Ambassador to the UNDP World Indigenous Network Program in New York in 2013 and is passionate about Aboriginal Civic Leadership and Student Leadership in schools.
Yuseph is a descendant of the Wuthathi peoples of Cape York with ancestral connections to the lower Western Islands of the Torres Strait. Yuseph is currently Executive Director, Program and Network Delivery at the NSWALC where he leads the delivery of NSWALC programs to the community and the provision of support to the network of 120 Local Aboriginal Land Councils in NSW through capacity development initiatives. With a background in economics, Yuseph has worked in a wide range of sectors including Land Rights, Native Title, cultural and natural resource management, social justice, economic development and community development.
Tegan Hinchey-Gerard is a Malyangaapa woman who grew up in Far West NSW. She is the Regional Manager of the Murdi Paaki Region at Aboriginal Affairs NSW. Tegan is also the Deputy Chair of the Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council. Her passions are social justice, communities having local autonomy in decision making, self-determination, Aboriginal land and water rights and learning about her culture, language and heritage.