Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the sacred lands on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nations and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past present and future.

We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

Uncle Rodney Carter

Uncle Rodney Carter is a descendant of Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta people and reside in Bendigo (his grandfather’s traditional Country). He has extensive experience in Cultural Heritage management and a particular interest in linking people to landscape through the integration of biodiversity and Cultural Heritage projects. Rodney currently works for DJAARA as Group Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to this he worked at the Game Management Authority, Victorian Public Land Fire Management as a heritage specialist, as project manager for the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre as part of the Melbourne Museum project, and as Bunjilaka’s inaugural Centre Manager.

Rodney is currently a member of the First Peoples Assembly of Victoria and is also Co-Chair Elders Voice. He was a member of Museum Victoria’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, then Regional Director of the North-West Regional Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program. A defining moment for Rodney was negotiating for, and being a signatory to, the Dja Dja Wurrung people’s native title settlement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010.