• Uncle Jack Charles - 2022 NAIDOC Male Elder of the year (Getty / NITV)Source: Getty / NITV
Earlier this week the legendary actor revealed he was asked to prove his Aboriginality to the Victorian government. Tonight, he's been celebrated by his people.
Jodan Perry

2 Jul 2022 - 8:44 PM  UPDATED 2 Jul 2022 - 8:49 PM

Uncle Jack Charles has been honoured with the NAIDOC Male Elder of the year award just days after revealing he was 'retraumatised' after being asked to prove he was Aboriginal by the Victorian government's Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme.

Mr Charles said the award was a "surprise" on stage at the ceremony, and later spoke with host Narelda Jacobs, who asked him how he felt following the revelations during the week.

"What a hoot," he said.

"NAIDOC mob never ask me that ... [it's] fantastic, I am much loved here."

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The Wiradjuri, Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woi Wurrung and Yorta Yorta actor also said there's some great roles ahead of him and he is far from done, cheekily joking about the sitcom Neighbours.

"They have never casted many people in Ramsay Street of any Aboriginality," he joked.

Mr Charles was announced just before Aunty Lois Peeler was given the Female Elder of the year award.

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