An Aboriginal elder from the Northern Territory has been named Senior Australian of the Year.
Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann has been presented with the award at a ceremony in Canberra on Monday evening.
The 73-year-old activist, educator and artist became the NT’s first qualified Aboriginal teacher in 1975.
She later became a principal and a consultant for the Department of Education, where she called for visual art to be part of education for all children.
Dr Ungunmerr-Baumann is on the National Indigenous Council which advises the federal government, and has also established a foundation to help bridge the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal society.
Australian Associated Press
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