Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation appointments
21 August 2017
The Turnbull Government has appointed Ms
Christine Grant and Mr Phillip Gordon as Co-Chairs and Ms Jenny Pilot as a Member
of the Advisory Committee
for Indigenous Repatriation for three year terms.
Ms Grant is an Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Kuku Yalanji and Mualgal woman from Far North Queensland. She brings
over 30 years’ experience in governance, cultural heritage and policy
development to support Indigenous people to the committee. Her expertise and
leadership will be a valuable asset to the committee.
Mr Gordon is a Goorang Goorang man from Rockhampton
in Central Queensland. He has made a considerable contribution to the committee
during his previous terms as a member, and brings 35 years of expertise working
in Indigenous cultural heritage, museum practice and repatriation. His
appointment as Co-Chair will provide strong leadership and continuity for the committee.
The Government has also appointed for
her first term Ms Pilot who is a Seisarem woman of Erub (Darnley Island) in the
Torres Strait. She will bring her experience in anthropology, cultural policy
and Indigenous community engagement, which will enable her to provide a
Ms Grant and Mr Gordon will provide
strong leadership as Co-Chairs for the committee. All appointees bring valuable
skills which will strengthen the committee’s expertise and commitment to supporting
the repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains and secret sacred objects.
The committee provides advice and
guidance to the Australian Government on issues relating to the Indigenous
Repatriation Policy and Program.
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