10 great NAIDOC Week guest speakers

The unique theme of NAIDOC Week 2021 (4th July - 11th July) is Heal country, heal our nation.

Healing Country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Whilst history cannot change, we can certainly change the way history is viewed.

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Acknowledging & celebrating the custodians of our land.

Australia is home to the oldest continuing living culture in the world.

However, First Nation Australians have experienced extreme hardships, ranging from the loss of traditional culture and homelands to the forced removal of children and denial of citizenship rights.

At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is everyone's responsibility to understand the path and look to the future to continue reconciling and making significant progress.

Finding guest speakers for your NAIDOC Week Event

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Not only do they have great stories, Our Indigenous stars are also highly experienced presenters, speakers and ambassadors, so you can be sure they’ll captivate your audience.

Let's take a look at 10 unique Indigenous guest speakers on the Pickstar Marketplace!

Make sure to browse Pickstar's full range of First Nations stars in preparation for your NAIDOC Week celebrations.

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Brooke Boney

"If there's one wish that I have, it's that people appreciate the enormous and incredible contribution that Aboriginal culture could make to our country."

Brooke Boney conducts herself with a relaxed outward glow combined with an inward fierceness developed from a childhood of disadvantage. Passionate embrace of her culture, using her position in the mainstream media igniting discussion among indigenous affairs serving as an inspiration to youths all around the country.

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Ella Havelka

The first indigenous dancer to be invited into The Australian Ballet in its 50 year history. Ella Havelka operates within and beyond her art form using dance as a way of expressing and exploring her own identity as Indigenous person. Instilling a message to be proud of heritage, developing confidence to achieve goals in fields that may be seen as inaccessible.

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Kyah Simon

Kyah Simon was the first ever Indigenous footballer to score at a FIFA World Cup. The Matildas superstar credits her career success to her culture and staying connected to her history. Kyah is renowned for her presence off the field being passionate about creating pathways of inspiration and belief for indigenous communities, passionate about informing audiences of the unique stories of culture and heritage.

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Paul Vandenbergh

Paul Vandenbergh is a renowned specialist for delivering insightful cultural awareness sessions to businesses and schools that identify the significant gaps between the Aboriginal and Western world.

The current Diversity Talent Manager for the AFL after spending 10 years as the industry leading Aboriginal Programs Director at Port Adelaide. Paul has spent the past 20 years sharing his experience in indigenous themed leadership, consultation and liaison roles.

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Gavin Wanganeen

Gavin Wanganeen is an AFL legend who won the 1993 Brownlow Medal and has been inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. He was a 2 time AFL premiership player (1993, 2004) and 5 time All-Australian team representative (1992, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2003)

Post football, Wanganeen now spends most his time as an accomplished contemporary Aboriginal artist, with his exceptional talent receiving critical acclaim and national attention.


Courtney Ugle

After tragically losing both her parents at a young age, Courtney Ugle used football to transform her life. She describes the game as 'The thing that gives her the strength to talk about her loss and how she took charge of her life'.

The current Essendon Bombers VFLW captain is an experienced keynote speaker and spokesperson for domestic violence, resilience and overcoming adversity for people all over the country. Speaking with a remarkable amount of openness priding her ability to inspire others.


Sam Thaiday

Rugby league legend Sam Thaiday quickly became one of the most highly regarded and respected players in the NRL. A proud Torres Strait Islander, Sam was one of only three current players to be named in the Indigenous Australia Rugby League Team of the Century.

Thaiday has forged a successful media career post rugby with Channel 9 and Nova, hosting his own radio show 'Thank God it's Thaiday.' He is also an author of two autobiographies and a proud ambassador of many community and charitable groups.

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Paul Fleming

'Showtime' Paul Fleming currently holds an undefeated professional boxing record of 27-0, with an impressive 17 knockouts. A proud first nation Australian from Wakka Wakka Wanyurr Majay, Yuggera country.

Fleming is recognised in the Australian Olympic Committee list of Australian Indigenous Olympians and has recently designed an indigenous training shirt which will be worn by the Australian Olympic team during the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.


Nova Peris OAM

Nova Peris OAM OLY is an Olympic Gold Medalist, a Commonwealth Champion and the first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament.

One of Australia's finest athletes, Nova is the only person on the planet to make back-to-back Summer Olympic Games finals, consecutive Olympics in different sports. (Field Hockey & Track & Field) She became the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal when she was a member of the victorious Hockeyroos in Atlanta in 1996.

Nova then became the first Aboriginal women to sit in the Federal Parliament as Senator for the Northern Territory. Serving in multiple Senate Committees, including the Education and Employment References Committee, Finance and Public Administration Legislation and References Committees and the Senate Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees.

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Shantelle Thompson

Overcoming abuse, disadvantage and bullying, Shantelle Thompson fought to change her path and challenge the stereotypes and boundaries she faced as an Aboriginal girl from the small country town of Dareton, New South Wales. After being diagnosed with crippling postnatal depression, Thompson took up Brazilian jiu-jitsu to help her heal.

Success followed Shantelle immediately, turning her state titles to national achievements to the ultimate goal of a world championship. 3 times! She is currently ranked 7th in the world and continues to strive for more success.

Pickstar is the ideal marketplace to plan a guest speaker for your upcoming Reconciliation and NAIDOC celebrations to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

No matter what budget, location or criteria you are hoping for.

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