Meet our Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Two men standing in front of sandstone wall.
Peter White (left) and Chair of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Professor Michael McDaniel. Photo © Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums
A group of Indigenous advisers will guide SLM in realising our new Aboriginal Action Plan.

The Aboriginal Advisory Committee, with expertise across education, law, cultural programming and the arts, will provide culturally appropriate advice for programming, business opportunities and employment, as well as a network for SLM’s Aboriginal employees.

Chair Michael McDaniel, Professor of Indigenous Education and Director of Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney, is a member of the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation. Michael has held a number of federal and state government appointments and has a long record of service to the arts and culture: he is currently Chair of the Board of Bangarra Dance Theatre, and is on the boards of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia, and chairs the MCA (Australia) Indigenous Advisory Group. Darug woman Leanne Watson works at Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education Centre and is Managing Director of the Darug Custodians Aboriginal Corporation, as well as being an accomplished artist. Peter White is a Gamilaroi Murri from north-west NSW who has held a number of senior positions in major cultural institutions and government arts agencies. Peter is currently a freelance adviser on First Peoples’ cultural and creative development. Hetti Perkins, an Arrernte and Kalkadoon woman, has been a senior cultural adviser on numerous national and international arts projects and is Curatorial Advisor to Eora Journey, City of Sydney. Robynne Quiggan is a Sydney-based Wiradjuri lawyer who has worked in a number of legal and policy areas relevant to Indigenous Australians, including human rights, governance, the arts and heritage. She is currently the Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

We look forward to working with the committee to fulfil SLM’s commitment to genuine Aboriginal engagement and the respectful sharing of cultural heritage at our museums and sites. Our relationships with and engagement of Aboriginal people and communities are central to telling the full history and living story of these places.

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