In Conversation: Reconciliation and sharing the work

Re-framing and re-distributing the labour of reconciliation.

In October 2023, Indigenous leaders and community, those who advocated for and supported the Yes campaign, observed a week of silence to mourn the result of a majority "no" vote in the referendum. 

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said, “When it comes to moving forward, I think it’s up to all of us to come together and find a different way to get to the same reconciled destination.” 

Many of us are asking, how? What will be the call to action now, at national and local levels? And how much will we look to the language of activism in finding the way forward? 

Join Nolan Hunter, Aboriginal Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA, and Gary Smith, Non-Aboriginal Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA, in Conversation with Roanna Edwards, for a discussion spotlighting different perspectives in considering what comes next in the fight for Aboriginal recognition, respect and justice, in a model that evenly re-distributes the load among non-Aboriginal Australians as well.


Image of Aboriginal leader and Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA, Nolan Hunter

Nolan Hunter is the current Aboriginal Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA. He is the Ex-CEO of the Kimberley Land Council – a not-for-profit Native title rep body (NTRB). Nolan has ties to his people through Bardi and Yawuru native title across saltwater country in the Kimberley Northern Western Australia.His experience span thirty years of Strategic Operational Management and Governance, including directorship of several Indigenous organisations in the Kimberley, including Goolari Aboriginal Media, Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation, and current Board Member of Kimberley Land Council. Nolan brings passion on advocacy to issues of Indigenous and human rights, cultural maintenance through land management, development of future economic and social opportunities. He has engaged on several national, international, and domestic forums talking to Indigenous economic development, the empowerment agenda, International Community events, and Climate forums on Indigenous land management modelling. Nolan was Co-Convenor at the Dialogues for Pilbara and Kimberely facilitated by Referendum Council’s second dialogue, and previous Director Uphold & Recognise on Constitutional recognition. Nolan's current role is  Head of Engagement Uluru Dialogue through UNSW Indigenous, Indigenous Rights Lead with Amnesty International and Advisory Panel Member to Minister Hon. Sussan Ley MP Minister for the Environment.


Image of non-Aboriginal Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA, Gary Smith

Gary Smith is the current Non-Aboriginal Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA, having been appointed to the Board in August 2016 and then to the role of Non-Aboriginal Co-Chair early in 2017. In this capacity, Gary is committed to advocacy and action for Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians, in addition to also acting as a current Director of the WA Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI). Other important roles supported by Gary during his career include his achievement as a Founding Director of the Committee for Perth and a long term and active participant in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth. More recently, Gary was appointed the seventh Chancellor of Murdoch University, after a long career with KPMG, concluding over 7 years as their WA Chairman in early 2019. A highly regarded businessman and community leader, Gary is an active Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA and looks forward to continuing to apply his role to drive implementation of Reconciliation projects and leadership for the benefit of Western Australia.



Roanna Edwards is an experienced community engagement manager with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry and across Aboriginal Affairs. A journalist by trade, Roanna is now working through a Bachelor of Arts focused in Political Science and International Relations from The University of Western Australia. Roanna is a former ABC Radio presenter and is currently PwC’s Director of Indigenous Consulting.

About In Conversation

A safe house for difficult discussions. In Conversation presents passionate and thought-provoking public dialogues that tackle big issues and difficult questions featuring diverse perspectives and experiences.

Held monthly at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, in 2023 In Conversation will take different forms such as facilitated panel discussions, deep dive Q&As, performance lectures, screenings and more, covering a broad range of topics and ideas. For these monthly events, the Museum collaborates with a dynamic variety of presenting partners, co-curators and speakers, with additional special events featuring throughout the year. Join us as we explore big concepts of challenging and contended natures, led by some of WA’s most brilliant minds.

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Thursday 15 February 2024

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