Making changes leads to honour

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Central Queensland University has given an honorary degree of Doctor has been given to National Congress of Australia’s (NCA) First Peoples co-chair, Jackie Huggins.

Dr Huggins was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001 for her community work and advocacy work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

At the graduation ceremony Dr Huggins accepted the award and invited the audience “to join us to overcome the systemic disadvantages faced by your First Australians”.

NCA First People’s co-chair Rod Little said the organisation was fortunate to have Dr Huggins as a leading spokesperson on a range of complex issues impacting on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“Dr Huggins’ dedication to engaging and educating the wider community is reflected in the fact that one-day Dr Huggins can be found speaking with ministers, senior advisors and the media about policy, and the next day listening to students, parents and principals about education and leadership,” he said.

“NCA First Peoples has created one of the largest networks of our Peoples in the country. Every day we work alongside 180 organisational members many of whom are national peak bodies and community organisations changing lives on the ground.”

“I hope this recognition inspires more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and others to follow in Jackie’s footsteps and advocate for positive change for our people in Australia.

CQUniversity chancellor John Abbott said Dr Huggins has served as an exemplar to CQUniversity staff, students and guests.

“She offered strong leadership, guidance, advice and support to staff and was a strong advocate in standing up against domestic, family and community violence,” he said.


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