Each year, we invite members from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share their stories about their experiences, research, projects and ideas.
This year Stan Grant and Isabella Higgins will host the event.
Stan is a TV news and political journalist, TV presenter and author. He is is a proud Wiradjuri man and International Affairs Analyst at the ABC, occasional presenter on ABC TV, and Professor of Global Affairs at Griffith University in Queensland.
Isabella is ABC's National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent and is also the Winner of the Shortform Journalism category at the 2019 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards. She grew up in Queensland, as part of a proud Torres Strait Islander and Kaurareg family.
The Oration will be presented by Pat Turner. Pat is a Gurdanji and Arrernte woman and Chief Executive Officer of National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the Coalition of Peaks Convenor and Co-Chair of the Joint Council on Closing the Gap.
The event will include:
In 1965, as a student at the University of Sydney, Charles Perkins organised a student bus tour around New South Wales. This was called the Freedom Ride, and it highlighted the state of race relations in Australia. It is recognised as one of Australia's most significant civil rights events.
Named in honour of Australia's first Aboriginal graduate, the Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration and Prize was established in 2001 to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions made by Charles and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our community, country and society.
20 years on, the theme of race relations is still current. This event helps to build an understanding of race relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and empower individuals and the wider community to contribute to this important conversation.
Don't worry if you can’t make the online event, a recording will be available on the University’s YouTube channel so you can celebrate in your own time or share it with your family and friends.
The event will also be broadcast on ABC News channel during NAIDOC Week.