Dja Dja Wurrung Chairperson Inducted into Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll
Founding Member and Chairperson of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Graham Atkinson, was one of only 15 inductees to the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll announced by The Hon Tim Bull, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs at a ceremony in Melbourne Wednesday 24 September 2014.
The Honour Roll recognises and records for posterity, the breadth of achievement and scale of endeavor within Victoria’s Aboriginal community.
Graham Atkinson said: ‘I feel privileged and honored to be recognised among the many Inductees that have gone before me and that were inducted with me in 2014; however I did not do this alone. My family has been a constant support and strength in all that I have done and achieved.'
‘As an Aboriginal community we need to understand that to carry a heavy community load can impact on our families but we need them and we must always remember how we affect them.’
Graham was recognised for his achievements as a leader in land rights and social justice. He is a respected elder and business person who has made a significant contribution to the Bendigo community and the wider Victorian community. After a distinguished public service career in Aboriginal affairs, Graham has taken on key roles in cultural heritage and native title in Victoria.
As Chairperson of Native Title Services Victoria and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Graham’s vision for a new native title settlement framework greatly contributed to the development of Victoria’s ground breaking Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010.
Graham attended the Honour Roll Dinner with his four children Mason, Melanie, Kiah and Neikah.
Graham said: ‘As we move forward we need to consider and support a role for many young people that are taking on leadership roles in our community. They need our support and guidance and, ultimately, our trust to take over our work’.