Keynote Speakers

Patrick Dodson

Senator for Western Australia & Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia. He has dedicated his life work to being an advocate for constructive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on mutual respect, understanding and dialogue. He is a recipient of the Sydney International Peace prize.
Patrick has extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs, previously as Director of the Central and Kimberley Land Councils and as a Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He also served as inaugural Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Prior to his endorsement by the Australian Labor Party as a Western Australian Senator in March 2016, Patrick was a member of the ANU Council, Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame (Broome) and Co-Chair of the National Referendum Council.
Patrick Dodson is currently the Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018.


Jane Lydon

Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, The University of Western Australia

Professor Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her work in partnership with European museums and Aboriginal communities has produced a website portal that provides access to historical photograph collections at: Most recently she has co-edited (with Lyndall Ryan) Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre (NewSouth, 2018), and edited Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing, 2018) which examines the cultural impact of the framework of human rights through visual culture:



Donna Oxenham

Researcher, State Library of Western Australia

Donna Oxenham is a Yamajti woman and a descendant of the Malgana people of Shark Bay in the northwest of Western Australia.

Donna has worked with Indigenous people, groups and organisations throughout Western Australia, and the broader Australian Indigenous community, particularly within the field of arts, history, cultural heritage and native title. Of particular significance, Donna was employed by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia from 2000-2002 to facilitate the digitisation, restoration and repatriation of Indigenous photographic collections. Donna was able to continue her work with Indigenous photographic collections through her work on the Australian Research Council funded, Returning Photos Project from 2009 through to 2017, also based at the University of Western Australia. This project facilitated the return of Indigenous photographic collections from four European institutions back to Indigenous communities around Australia.

Through her positions, tertiary studies and her research fellowship, Donna has gained considerable experience working with the community on projects involving Indigenous photographic archives, families and communities.