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Larrakia elder nominated for human rights award

Dr Christine Fejo-King has been nominated for a Northern Territory Human Rights Award Dr Christine Fejo-King has been nominated for a Northern Territory Human Rights Award

Senior Larrakia elder and Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Social Work Teaching Fellow Dr Christine Fejo-King has been nominated for a Northern Territory Human Rights Award.

The Northern Territory Human Rights Awards celebrate notable activities in the NT or by Territorians, which advance human rights.

Dr Fejo-King has been active, passionate, thoughtful and generous in sharing knowledge and understanding about working as an Aboriginal woman and social worker.
A social worker for more than 34 years, Dr Fejo-King is committed to increasing understanding of the challenges Aboriginal people face and has contributed to the advancement of Aboriginal and Indigenous people both in Australia and internationally.

She supports the work of social workers and students to increase their understanding and capacity to deliver services that meet the needs of Aboriginal people.

Most recently, Dr Fejo-KIng has enabled and encouraged Indigenous researchers and workers in health and welfare to publish their knowledge and experience.

Dr Fejo-King is a consistent advocate for educating mainstream Australians to ensure a more inclusive Australia as well as encouraging Aboriginal and Islander people to fulfil their potential.

She was a consultant for the development of the Reconciliation Action Plan launched on 23 November 2013. She was Co-chair of the National and Stolen Generations Alliance in the lead up to the Apology to the Stolen Generation, was on the Board of the National Apology Foundation and played a pivotal role in the wording of the apology.

Dr Fejo-King was a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work College of Social Work. She is current Chair, External Advisory Council, Western Sydney University, Bachelor of Communication and Community Studies

She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University where she is a Teaching Fellow) and subsequently completed her PhD in Social Work at the Australian Catholic University.

Winners will be announced on December 10.