Professor Patrick Dodson delivering the annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture. Photo by Stuart Hay.

Professor Patrick Dodson delivering the annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture. Photo by Stuart Hay.

The road to reconciliation

Some reflections on the politics and challenges of reconciliation delivered by PROFESSOR PATRICK DODSON.

Professor Patrick Dodson, a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia, reflects on the politics and challenges of Australia's reconciliation journey in the most recent Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture.

Professor  Dodson has dedicated his life's work to improving relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. He is a recipient of the Sydney International Peace Prize.

He was a Royal Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the inaugural Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Professor Dodson lives in Broome with his family, where he is involved in social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability through his roles as Chair of the Lingiari Foundation and Executive Chair of Nyamba Buru Yawuru.

He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Broome where he lectures in spirituality and the challenge of reconciliation.

His brother, Professor Mick Dodson AM, is also a national Indigenous Australian leader and is Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at ANU.

This is an edited transcript of his lecture: