The Dungala Kaiela Oration

The Dungala Kaiela Oration is hosted jointly by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne. The oration celebrates Aboriginal cultural identity with the goal of creating a shared vision for the people of the greater Goulburn Valley region and promoting Aboriginal development.

The Dungala Kaiela Oration is held in the middle of the year in Shepparton.


The 2020 Dungala Kaiela Oration was delivered on Wednesday 9 September by Dr Lois Peeler AM to the theme of The River is Us – Carrying the Spirit and Strength of Dungala.

Dr Peeler, a proud Yorta Yorta woman, is Executive Director/Principal of Australia’s only Aboriginal girls’ boarding school, Worawa Aboriginal College. Her diverse public career includes being the first Aboriginal model and first Aboriginal person to work in television (the GTV 9 Breakfast Session in the 60s). Dr Peeler has held senior positions in the community and public sectors. Her experience as a member of The Sapphires, a group that toured Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War, has been celebrated in the award-winning film of the same name.

Information about past Dungala Kaiela Orations