Meet highly respected Bibbulmun Wadandi Elder, Dr Robert Isaacs AM, as he discusses his memoir, Two Cultures, One Story.
Part tale of survival against the odds, part political odyssey, Two Cultures, One Story is the account of a life full of compassion, commitment, integrity, and hard work.
Dr Robert Francis Isaacs AM, OAM, PhD (Hon) has spent his life bridging the divide between white and black Australia. Taken from his mother as a baby, Robert was raised in institutions not knowing he had a family and not knowing he was Aboriginal.
Enduring severe hardship, discipline, and abuse at the hands of the Christian Brothers, Robert went out into the world at the age of 16 determined to make a life for himself and a family of his own.
A chance encounter with a member of his extended family would help shape the rest of his life. Determined to both embrace his culture and build on his faith and education, Robert immersed himself in the world of Aboriginal health and housing, proving to be a straight-talking, deft political negotiator who can achieve real outcomes for Aboriginal people. Over the decades, Robert brings his considerable interpersonal skills to bear in the areas of alcohol and drug abuse, employment, relations with the police, the justice system, and education.
Told with grace and strength, this memoir shares the inside story of a respected Elder and his drive to break down cultural barriers and improve the lives of his people.
Join the City’s NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony and community morning tea. All are invited to attend the City’s NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony and Morning Tea. Elder Gloria Hill will welcome everyone and she is joined by Elder Dr Robert Isaacs AM. Dr Isaacs’s life represents the NAIDOC Week theme: Get Up. Stand Up. Show Up. This will be followed by morning tea. The Wadan Warangkiny Choir will sing as you enjoy a bit of morning tea including damper by Lola Garlett.
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