A blackboard displayed outside the hall proclaims, "Day of mourning"
A blackboard displayed outside the hall proclaims, "Day of mourning". Image: Courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales
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Children of the Revolution is a tribute to the giants of First Nations activism as told by the next generation of trailblazers – their children.

Hosted by Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO, join guest speakers Associate Professor Pauline Clague, Dr Nicole Watson and Ganur Maynard, as they celebrate their parents’ legacies.

Each panelist will explore how the actions of their parents and their determination and strength have inspired the activism of today’s leaders – and reveal what it was like to grow up as the child of a revolutionary.

Experience an intimate insight into those who helped shaped the landscape of First Nations activism today, and those who are continuing the fight for recognition, sovereignty and self-determination.

About Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman and the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney.

She is a graduate of the UNSW Law School and has a Masters and SJD from Harvard Law School. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues.

About Associate Professor Pauline Clague

Pauline Clague is Associate Professor, Manager of Cultural Resilience Hub, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research at the UTS. She has been a driving force in the creation and sustainability of the Indigenous voice in Australian screen and television. A Yaegl woman from North Coast NSW she has worked as a storyteller and producer in film and TV for 25 years. She is founder and Artistic Director of Winda Film Festival in Sydney.

As Associate Professor, Pauline has been an innovator and engaged to lead communities to strengthen their voice through the medium of screen and story.

About Dr. Nicole Watson

Nicole Watson is a member of the Birri Gubba People of the Bowen River Basin and the Munanjali of Beaudesert. Nicole is a legal scholar, a published novelist and a former columnist with the National Indigenous Times.

Nicole has published a large body of work on legal issues that are pertinent to First Nations Peoples. Her most recent work is looking at how the stories of Indigenous Peoples can be incorporated into legal decision making.

About Ganur Maynard

Ganur is a member of the Kamilaroi people of central NSW, but grew up on the State’s eastern coast. In a variety of professional, academic, community and personal capacities, Ganur has advocated for social and policy change in Indigenous affairs, including in the areas of land rights and cultural heritage, treaty-making and constitutional change, and criminal sentencing and incarceration.

Ganur has worked as a researcher at a variety of organisations, including the Australian Law Reform Commission, the Kimberley Land Council, the Australian National University’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic and Policy Research, and the University of New South Wales. He was formerly a lawyer at a top-tier international law firm and is currently working as an Associate in the Federal Court of Australia.

He is interested in the history of Indigenous activism in Australia and beyond, and its implications for the trajectory of future change.

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