FORA.tv Speaker - Patrick Dodson
Born in 1948, Patrick Dodson became Australia's first ordained Aboriginal Catholic priest. In this challenging role he sought to balance and blend Catholicism and Aboriginal spiritual belief. This led him into conflict with the ecclesiastical hierarchy and, after many years of confrontation, he finally left the priesthood.
Finding ways to bridge Aboriginal and European-Australian cultures also motivated Dodson's subsequent involvement in a range of significant activities, including indigenous land rights, the Reconciliation movement and his work as a commissioner on the Inquiry into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
While Dodson's trademark Akubra hat and flowing beard have been familiar on the national stage for many years, he has never lost his Kimberley roots from Northern Western Australia. His activism has been conditioned by the experience of colonisation in Western Australia and many of the people, incidents and issues that appear throughout Paddy's Road are West Australian in origin, focus or interest. Dodson resigned from his founding chairmanship of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 1977, partly in disillusionment and partly to reconnect with his traditional country around Broome. He continues to be active and as busy as he was in the full glare of public life.
11.05.08 | 00:52:38 min
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