CY O’Connor Lecture – 27 May 2021

Presented by the Hon Ben Wyatt, former WA Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Join us on Thursday 27 May at the Perth Town Hall to hear the Hon Ben Wyatt deliver this year’s CY O’Connor Lecture, ‘Rebuilding community resilience and cultural connections’.

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The day also marks the 54th anniversary of the 1967 Australian referendum to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the national census, and is the start of Reconciliation Week.

While public infrastructure, such as the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, has been hugely important to our state’s economic development, it has also had a wide-scale, ongoing impact on Aboriginal people and their culture.

In recent years, the legal recognition of Aboriginal people’s inherent rights has resulted in significant changes in the relationship between traditional owners and the State of Western Australia.

Come and hear from Ben as he discusses how these rights have ensured the inclusion of Aboriginal people and played a vital role in rebuilding community resilience, economic independence and social and cultural connections.

All welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.

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