Gary Foley is a legendary Aboriginal activist, writer, actor, teacher, story teller and historian. He is a prominent figure in the history of Aboriginal resistance in Australia.
Foley was centrally involved in the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972, and in many of the campaigns for land rights and justice that followed. These include the massive protests at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games in 1982 and during the Bicentenary celebrations in 1988, the successful campaign to save Northland Secondary College in Melbourne in the early 1990s, and the protests that stopped the Jabiluka uranium mine later that decade. Gary lectures in history at Victoria University, where he has recently completed a PhD on the history of Aboriginal organisations and struggles in Redfern in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Foley's acting credits range from Phillip Noyce's 1977 movie Backroads to last year's hit stage show at the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals.
He will be speaking on Friday 18th April at 2pm on the session 'A Black life' with Gary Foley, and again on Sunday 20th April 11:30am at the Radical Reels film, "Persons of Interest: Gary Foley (2013)"