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June Oscar AO
June is a Chief Investigator on the Lililwan Project and Chief Executive Officer of Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre. She is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing and an Aboriginal leader in the Fitzroy Valley and across Australia.
June is a strong advocate and activist for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and FASD. She was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday honours.
June is prepared to address the most complex and sensitive issues affecting the lives of Aboriginal Australians. In 2008 she fought successfully for alcohol restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing. Her focus on Aboriginal children, and her determination that we do not sacrifice the health of our children for the so-called ‘right’ to buy full strength take-away alcohol, made her a role model for all Australia.
In 2011, in an article appearing in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald (Weekend Magazine), June was named as one of the 50 most influential women in the world for her work in improving the lives of those living in remote Aboriginal communities. June has previously held the positions of Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council and was the first woman to chair the Marra Worra Worra Resource Agency (Fitzroy Crossing).
She is a Director on the Boards of Bunuba Films Pty Ltd, Bunuba Pty Ltd and is currently the Chairperson of the Bunuba Cattle Company Pty Ltd. June also sits on the governing council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) the world’s leading institution for collecting and publishing research on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. She is on the Governing Committee of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Forum and Chair of the Bunuba Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate. She is the former Chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service.
In 1990 June was appointed by the Federal Government to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia; and is currently writing her Master’s thesis.
June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and in 2012 she was appointed as an Ambassador for Children and Young People by the Western Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People, Michelle Scott.