The Role of First Nations Portfolio and its Work

Detail from Gulach 2006 by Terry Ngamandara Wilson


The First Nations Portfolio was established in 2020 to secure a whole-of-university approach to First Nations issues through mobilising the intellectual resources from its Colleges, Schools, Departments, and Institutes. At a time of unprecedented national attention about Indigenous peoples, FNP is striving to harness relevant expertise and experience across the campus and facilitate partnerships with First Nations entities, other universities, industry, NGO’s and government aimed at reforming public policy and institutional arrangements within the First Nations development space. Peter Yu’s seminar provides a summary of the work that FNP is doing and poses critical questions about potential future research that the university could undertake in partnership with First Nations communities.


Peter Yu is a Yawuru man from Broome in the Kimberley region in North West Australia with over 40 years’ experience in Indigenous development and advocacy in the Kimberley and at the state, national and international level. Peter was a key negotiator on behalf of the Yawuru Native Title Holders with the Western Australian State Government over the 2010 Yawuru Native Title Agreement. He was recently Chief Executive Officer of the Yawuru Corporate Group and is the current and inaugural Vice – President First Nations at the Australian National University.



Date & time

Wed 01 Nov 2023, 12–1.30pm


Zoom -


Prof Peter Yu




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