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An Address Concerning Truth and History by Professor Mick Dodson, NT Treaty Commissioner

Friday, 5 June 2020

Keynote Speaker: Professor Mick Dodson AM, Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner

Facilitators: Professor Thalia Anthony (Law, University of Technology Sydney), Mr Richard Fejo (Larrakia Nation, Welcome to Country)

Convenors: Dr Kellie Pollard, Lecturer Aboriginal Futures and Dr Nicolas Bullot, Lecturer in Philosophy, CIFAS

Technical production: Mr Michael Vernau, Lecturer in Technical Production, CIFAS

This event is a collaboration between InSPIRE LAB and ARTLAB, two interdisciplinary teams of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, Charles Darwin University.

Photo: Nicolas Bullot

Video ©2020 Mick Dodson and  colleagues 


Professor Mick Dodson AM, Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner is a highly respected Aboriginal Advocate who has spent his working life fighting for the rights and interest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Born in Katherine, Professor Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples, the Traditional Aboriginal Owners of land and waters around Broome.  


He was chosen as Australian of the Year in 2009.

Professor Dodson AM is a long term barrister and lawyer and specialises in Native Title and human rights. Most recently he has been Professor of Law at the Australian National University and Director of its National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He has been a visiting academic at the University of Arizona and served as Chair of Australian studies at Harvard University.

Professor Dodson AM was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, is a former CEO of the Northern Land Council and in 1993 was appointed the country’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, a post he held until 1998.

Professor Dodson AM has been a prominent advocate of land rights and other issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Australia and globally and has served as the Pacific member on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.


He was chosen as Australian of the Year in 2009.


Full BIO:

The Northern Territory Treaty Commission is headed up by the NT Treaty Commissioner, Professor Mick Dodson AM. The role of the Treaty Commissioner is to consult with Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory to inform development of a framework for future treaty negotiations.

Download the 2020 Treaty Discussion Paper, interim reports, fact sheets and other written and audio publications from the Northern Territory Treaty Commission here:

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