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Curtin Professor named 2018 NAIDOC Perth Male Elder of the Year

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Curtin University has congratulated Elder-in-Residence Professor Simon Forrest on being named the NAIDOC Perth Male Elder of the Year for 2018.

Professor Forrest was recognised for his dedication and commitment to making a difference through the education of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people across Western Australia over many years.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry congratulated Professor Forrest on being awarded the honour at the 2018 NAIDOC Perth Awards.

“I am thrilled to be able to congratulate Professor Forrest on this well-deserved recognition of his hard work, dedication and service to the community over many years,” Professor Terry said.

“As a Nyoongar Whadjuk Elder and the longest-serving Indigenous academic in Western Australia, he is a very deserving recipient of this incredible honour.

“Professor Forrest is highly regarded across Perth and Western Australia for his commitment to Aboriginal education and advancement, and the entire Curtin community would like to congratulate him on this outstanding achievement.”

Professor Forrest said he felt honoured to be named the NAIDOC Perth Male Elder of the Year for 2018.

“I am truly humbled to have been recognised in this way and would like to thank all those, including my Elders past and present, who have supported me throughout this journey,” Professor Forrest said.

“It is a privilege for me to be able to work with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to strive to make a difference through education every day.”

The NAIDOC Perth Male Elder of the Year Award recognises Elders who are positive role models and have made a contribution to their community over a number of years.

Curtin University’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies PhD candidate Robyn Williams was also recognised at the awards with the Education Achievement of the Year Award.

Curtin alumnus Peter Farmer was also named Artist of the Year.

NAIDOC Week, which runs until July 15, celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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