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Professor Peter Buckskin is a Narungga man from the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. He is currently the Dean: Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects at the University of South Australia. In 2012 Professor Buckskin was appointed the Convenor of the State's Advisory Committee on the recognition of Aboriginal people in the South Australian Constitution Act 1934.

As an educator and professional bureaucrat for more than 35 years, Professor Buckskin's passion has been the pursuit of educational excellence for Aboriginal students. He has worked as a schoolteacher, a Ministerial Adviser, Superintendent of Schools and as a senior executive at both State and Federal levels. He has been Chair of the South Australian Aboriginal Education Consultative Committee and a member of the National Aboriginal Education Committee. For more than a decade, Professor Buckskin worked as an officer in the Commonwealth's Senior Executive Service, and in 2001 received the Commonwealth Public Service Medal (PSM). In 2003 Professor Buckskin was awarded the Frank G Klassen Award for Leadership and Contribution to Teacher Education from the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). In 2005 he received the Deadly Award for his outstanding contribution to Aboriginal Education and in 2007 was elected a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.

Professor Buckskin continues as Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium, and an Executive Member of the World Indigenous Network of Higher Education Consortium. Professor Buckskin is Chair of the SA Aboriginal Education and Training Consultative Council, a White Ribbon Ambassador, and a member of the Australian Research Council's Advisory Council. He has also served as a Commissioner of the Australian Commission to UNESCO.

"Reconciliation is a journey all Australians must take so that our young country can mature into a Nation that acknowledges and respects Aboriginal peoples as the traditional owners and occupants of Australia. Reconciliation will be achieved and maintained when respect, responsibility and reciprocity is at the heart of the relationship that exists between the first Australians and those who follow."

Prof Peter Buckskin PSM FACE