It is with great sadness that the University announces the passing of Aboriginal leader Dr Evelyn Scott on Thursday 21 September in Queensland.
Dr Scott was a lifelong advocate and activist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights.
In 2000, Australian Catholic University awarded Dr Scott an Honorary Doctorate for her involvement in indigenous affairs, which began in the 1960’s as a member of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI).
Dr Scott was a key campaigner for FCAATSI in the 1967 referendum to make laws for Indigenous people and to have Indigenous people included in the national census.
As well as an Honorary Doctorate from ACU, Dr Scott was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 1977, the Queensland Greats award in 2003, an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2001 and an Honorary Doctorate from James Cook University in the same year.
Her contribution to Aboriginal Reconciliation is immeasurable and helped lead to the transformation of Aboriginal rights.
Dr Scott is survived by four daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.
Campus Ministry will be offering Mass on all Campuses on Wednesday, 27 September, for Dr Scott. All are welcome to be part of this prayerful honouring of Dr Scott’s legacy.