Videos, photos and stories of all the recipients of 2015 NAIDOC Awards, including mini-documentaries about their life, work and achievements. Plus straight from Adelaide, photos of the NAIDOC gala and acceptances speeches.
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Sunday 12 Jul 2015
Social justice worker and 2015 NAIDOC Person the Year Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, the star of internationally acclaimed 1955 Australian film Jedda reunites with grandson of the filmmakers who made a surprise visit to the awards ceremony in Adelaide.
Ric Chauvel Carlsson, the grandson of the acclaimed filmmaking couple Charles and Elsa Chauvel who made world famous movie Jedda, travelled to the 2015 NAIDOC Awards ceremony in a surprise reunion with Person of the Year Rosalie Kunoth-Monks...
Saturday 11 Jul 2015

Rosalie Kunoth Monks has had a major impact on the nation’s cultural, political and social life for more than half a century.

Rosalie, the chancellor of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, has never been stronger in her fight for social justice and equality for her people. 

Rosalie was born in 1937 at Arapunya known as Utopia Station in the Northern Territory where she learnt the laws of her people, the Anmatjere. 

After moving to Alice Springs to attend school, Rosalie was cast in the lead role in the world-renowned Australian classic film Jedda in 1953 at 16 years old.

Later, Rosalie spent a decade as a nun in a Melbourne convent before leaving to establish the first Aboriginal hostel in Victoria. In 1970 she married, settled in Alice Springs and became involved in social work and politics.



Tauto Sansbury, a Narungga elder, has worked to close the gap in inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians for more than 30 years.

Tauto fought to improve the conditions of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system as state chairperson of the South Australian Aboriginal Justice Advocacy Committee and chairperson of the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee for more than 10 years.

These committees resulted from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody where Tauto worked closely with Elliott Johnstone, QC and the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Justice Officer.

He was recognised in 2003 when he was awarded an Australian Centenary medal "In recognition of work as director of the Aboriginal Justice Advocacy Committee and the National Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee".

Tauto’s AJAC role saw him attend 18 deaths in custody with compassion and ensure that he represented the best interests of the families and the deceased.


Graham Taylor, an Amangu Yamaji Elder born in Three Springs, the North Midlands area of Western Australia, has made a significant contribution to Australia’s Defence Force and now mentors Indigenous youth.

Graham went to Tardun Palantine Mission as a child before entering the defence force. When Graham arrived in Malaysia for six months of service he was assigned forward scout, at the frontline clearing pathways for the rest of the platoons. He was also a stretcher bearer.

He is commended for his bravery abroad. In September 1971, the enemy attacked 16 men with mortar bombs and heavy rifle fire and 10 were seriously injured. 

Despite heavy fire he helped his injured mates, some did not make it.


Wheelchair basketballer Ryan Morich is founder of the Red Dust Heelers’ Wheeling and Healing program.

The Wheeling and Healing program assists Indigenous people living with a disability to integrate into all areas of life and promote reconciliation through playing basketball.

It provides tools to help people deal with grief and loss following their or their loved one's disability and unearthing future Indigenous athletes with disability and providing support to them in their chosen sport, while also spreading a message of healing, through partnering with Red Dust Healing.

He is also the captain of the Red Dust Heelers Adelaide National Wheelchair Basketball Team, which debuted in the National Wheelchair Basketball League in 2014.


Veronica Perrule Dobson remains committed to providing services to the Indigenous Community as an Arrernte elder and traditional owner, linguist, naturalist and ecologist, and preserving the Aboriginal language and culture in Central Australia.

Veronica is an interpreter and teacher of the Arrernte language. She heals her people by applying her cultural knowledge and that of other elders and senior healers in the Arrernte community around Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

Her deep knowledge of Arrernte lands and language enabled her to establish Arrernte as a written language for Indigenous and the wider communities to learn. She has produced educational material to support her teachings.

She worked for 10 years with John Henderson on the Eastern and Central Arrernte to English Dictionary, a comprehensive publication that has been used as a reference and teaching guide.

“To keep their culture strong, the next generations must have a firm grasp of traditional knowledge,” says Veronica. “If they have to go and live out on land or country, wherever they come from, the knowledge is always there for them.”