This week, twelve years ago, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spoke to all Australians acknowledging Australia’s wrongdoing which resulted in the suffering of the Stolen Generations.
My wife and I kept our daughters home that day from school to watch the apology. It was a significant day, not just for our people, but all Australians.
Despite it taking decades for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to receive a formal apology from the Australian government the date holds poignant significance...
Ken’s people are Mununjhali from the Beaudesert region in southeast Queensland. He also has cultural responsibilities for neighbouring Wangerriburra country. Ken is passionate about creating and driving positive outcomes for his people. He has been working in Aboriginal affairs for over 20 years in government, community, corporate and business roles. As a consequence Ken has developed rich national networks across Australia including regional and remote areas. For the last 10 years Ken has focussed on economic development and commercial sectors as he has become increasingly convinced the solutions to many of the wicked challenges facing his people is through economic empowerment and independence. This included roles with Ernst and Young and Indigenous Business Australia and running his own successful professional services consulting business – Markwell and Associates. Ken recently commenced with Australian Unity as the Executive General Manager Indigenous Services which includes one of the largest home care services for Aboriginal people in Australia - Aboriginal Home Care. The opportunity to be part of an organisation and team that delivers profound impacts on the lives of Elders and vulnerable Aboriginal people is what attracted Ken to the role.