Australian of the Year speech, Professor Michael Dodson AM

Transcript

Michael Dodson: For us, country is a word for all the values, places, resources, stories and cultural obligations associated with the area and its features. It in fact describes the entirety of our ancestral domains.

So when we acknowledge traditional country, as increasingly people do so in Australia, it’s no empty ritual: it’s to acknowledge who we, the Aboriginal people, are and our place in this nation.

In doing that, it seems to me, all Australians might have a clearer notion of who they are and where they stand in relation to their history and the land they live in.

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Australian of the Year speech, Professor Michael Dodson AM, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. National Press Club, Canberra 17 February 2009
Length: 01:23