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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dodson quits AIATSIS post

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

MICK Dodson has has stepped down from the helm of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Studies (AIATSIS).

The Indigenous affairs champion served for more than a quarter of a century on the organisation’s council, the past 17 years as chairperson.

“I step down confident the future of AIATSIS is in safe hands,” the Yawuru man said.

“The appointment of a new chief executive offer, Craig Ritchie, recent funding allocations and passing of amendments to the AIATSIS Act 1989 provide renewed purpose for our
50-year-old institution.

“It has been a privilege to serve the Australian people including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in my role, and an honour to witness and guide the growth of AIATSIS into the world-renowned research, collecting and publishing institution it is today.

“AIATSIS is the custodian of knowledge, history and heritage of the oldest continuing culture on earth. It is intrinsic to our national identity.

“From language to dance, music to art, songlines to stories, AIATSIS has a central role in making sure that’s available not just to present generations but to future generations.”

Professor Dodson paid tribute to the staff at AIATSIS, saying their dedication and professionalism never ceased to astound him.

Source: The Koori Mail

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