Professor of International Security & Intelligence Studies
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Will Cooper was one of five guests discussing reconciliation, and how it is working in their community, at a seminar at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific on Monday.
The seminar formed part of NAIDOC week, an annual event held around the country each July, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Mr Cooper, a proud Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta man from regional NSW, moved to Canberra to study journalism, and is now involved with ensuring the representation of Indigenous people throughout the Australian Public Service.
He was joined by Ginibi Robinson, from the ACT Department of Education, who regularly speaks on mental health issues affecting Aboriginal communities, and Dr Allison Cadzow and Craig Green, from the Serving Our Country Project.
Dr John Blaxland, from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, spoke on the need for a new national flag that recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The seminar was chaired by College Dean Professor Veronica Taylor.