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As part of The Australian National University’s First Nations Governance Forum, three of the world’s preeminent Indigenous rights experts will discuss pathway options for First Nations governance reform in Australia. Sharing their vast international experiences of Indigenous people around the world including Aotearoa (New Zealand), Canada, USA and Scandinavian countries, the panel will look at what options are available for one of the most important issues facing the country.
Victoria is an indigenous leader from the Kankanaey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. She is a social development consultant, indigenous activist, civic leader, human rights expert, public servant, and an advocate of women’s rights in the Philippines.
She was the former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2005‐2010). As an indigenous leader she got actively engaged in drafting and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. She helped build the indigenous peoples’ movement in the Cordillera as a youth activist in the early 1970s. She helped organize indigenous peoples in the community level to fight against the projects of the Marcos Dictatorship such as the Chico River Hydroelectric Dam and the Cellophil Resources Corporation. These communities succeeded in stopping these.
She is the founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Center for Policy Research and Education). Ms. Tauli‐Corpuz has founded and managed various NGOs involved in social awareness raising, climate change, the advancement of indigenous peoples’ and women’s rights. A member of the Kankana‐ey Igorot peoples, she was the chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is an Expert for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and has served as the chairperson‐ rapporteur of the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. She is also the indigenous and gender adviser of the Third World Network and a member of United Nations Development Programme Civil Society Organizations Advisory Committee.
Professor Mick Dodson AM
Professor Mick Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples – the traditional owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is the former Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University.
Mick Dodson was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission.
Born in Katherine in the Northern Territory, Mick was educated in Katherine, Darwin and Victoria. He completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University.
Mick was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Mick Dodson has been a prominent advocate on land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as a vigorous advocate of the rights and interests of indigenous peoples around the world.
In 2009, Mick Dodson was named Australian of the Year by the National Australia Day Council.
Professor Dodson was formerly the Malcolm Fraser & Gough Whitlam Harvard Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University Cambridge USA.
Mattias Åhrén (PhD) is a Professor of Law at The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) and is currently lecturing on indigenous rights internationally. Åhrén has written extensively on indigenous peoples’ rights under international law, including the book ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Status in the International Legal System’ (Oxford University Press, 2016). He has also participated in various UN forums on indigenous peoples’ rights, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, and on the ‘Outcome Document’ of the World Conference on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Mattias belongs to Ohredahke Sami reindeer herding community in northern Sweden.