Stan Grant to deliver 2016 Narrm Oration

November 16 / 188

While there have been several tragic and disturbing stories about life for some Indigenous Australians this year, there has also been some good news about inclusion and participation in education and training.

In particular, record numbers of young Indigenous students are completing secondary school and attending university.

In this year’s Narrm Oration for the University, journalist and broadcaster Stan Grant will ruminate on what he’s described as an ‘annus horribilus’ for Indigenous people, the horror stories and resultant anger that was and is felt by Aboriginal Australians, but also what he calls the ‘spark of hope amid the gloom’.

“More Indigenous kids are finishing school and graduating university, Indigenous performers are topping our charts and winning awards, Indigenous sportsmen dominate their fields, and the Indigenous middle class is growing faster than any other sector of the population,” he has written by way of abstract for his lecture.

“These are the descendants of the great Aboriginal economic migration of the 20th century. These pioneers caught the tailwinds of economic boom and social change, they transformed their lives and altered forever our country.”

Mr Grant drew significant attention in recent months when he responded with passion and fury to a Four Corners investigation into the treatment of Aboriginal boys and young men incarcerated in Dondale Prison.

“This week we know what Australia looks like,” he said, at a lecture in New South Wales. “This week Australia is a boy in a hood strapped to a chair. This week Australia is Aboriginal boys tear gassed, locked down and beaten.”

The Narrm Oration is the University’s key annual address by and about First Nations peoples. ‘Narrm’ refers to the country of the Melbourne region.

This year the Narrm Oration takes place to coincide with the University’s Indigenous Tertiary Education Conference, hosted by Trinity College 18-19 November 2016. Last year's Narrm Orator, Professor Marcia Langton AM, will be the Conference Ambassador and Stan Grant will also be involved in this Conference.

For more information and registration click here.


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