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Eric Johnston Lecture

Sister Anne Gardiner AM is the 2017 Senior Australian of the Year and has dedicated 62 years of her life to supporting and empowering the Tiwi people. 

She has worked to document and preserve the Tiwi language for future generations and helped establish the Patakiyali Museum in Wurrumiyanga. 

Gardiner will deliver this year’s Eric Johnston lecture at the Northern Territory Library on her work and thoughts about enriching community and improving health policy for indigenous people. She believes we need to build bridges, not close gaps.

“(There are) children and families who are experiencing illnesses of third world countries in this first world country,” she says. 

“Reconciliation begins and ends with real communication. Listening to Indigenous people is essential. Communication is the key.” 

The Eric Johnston Lecture is an annual lecture hosted by the Northern Territory Library that addresses a theme relating to the Territory’s history and development. NT Administrator Commodore Eric Johnston, who was a personal friend of Gardiner’s, delivered the first lecture in 1986. 

Wed 8 Nov | 5.30pm | Northern Territory Library |

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