You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker & fellow alum
The Fight for Aboriginal Self-Determination:
Understanding the Impact of Australian and State Governments’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policies and the People’s Quest to Rectify Wrongs
Date: Monday 3 December 2018
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2.00pm
Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee
Dress: Business Attire
The British established a colony in what is now known as Sydney Cove which has had continuous dire consequences for our First Nations peoples. The land now known as Australia was deemed by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 as Terra Nullius-“no man’s land”. The ‘natives’ were considered as savages and not as human beings. The British then decided that the land was unoccupied and therefore was theirs for the taking. Since that period of time right up to today the First Nations Peoples of Australia fought against the attempted annihilation of the peoples by the British in order to take possession of the land. The battles continued in many different ways and today we have the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The Statement, which outlines how the Australian Government and Australia’s First Nations peoples can come together and rectify the wrongs that have been made against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia who have cared for this land for over 60,00 years.
Norma is Wiradjuri woman born in Cowra NSW. She has lived most of her life the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern. Norma won the 2018 NSW Woman of the Year Award First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award and is the 2019 Labor Party candidate for the NSW seat of Newtown which includes Surry Hills, Redfern, Newtown, Enmore through to Summer Hill and Sydney University. With a Masters in Education from Harvard University, she is also a member of the Harvard Club of Australia.
Norma brings with her over 35 years of direct industry experience in both training and serving the interests of the Aboriginal communities. She has managed and delivered training programs at TAFE, the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), QANTAS, the NSW Premier’s Department and Cabinet and the Australian Department of Defence. She has also developed and implemented programs which focus on developing skills and a heathy lifestyle to assist Aboriginal women and others in gaining meaningful employment.
Norma has also been dedicated to serving the Aboriginal community with various roles; CEO of both Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and the NSW State Aboriginal Land Council, founding member, Board Member and CEO of Murawina Aboriginal Pre-school and Chairperson Wyanga Aboriginal Elders Program. She is currently a member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. She has also sat as a Board member on the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and NSW Aboriginal Housing Office and on the Indigenous Advisory Group at UTS and the City of Sydney, and has served as a panel member for the selections of NSW Australian of the Year.
She now brings all that wealth of knowledge and experience by establishing both Willing Consultancy and the National Aboriginal College in partnership with some very experienced Aboriginal women.