The other, less well known, but arguably as impressive member of this odd couple is sitting at the table across from the Governor General. Hailing from Groote island in the Gulf of Carpenteria, Tony Wurramarrba, the Chairman of the Anindilyakwa Land Council, his road has been a long one to be sitting here.
Around these two are an eclectic mixture of people including the top dogs of Canadian life, their GG, Chief Minister, head of Business Council, the Australian and Canadian High Commissioners respectively This is a serious place.
It's April 5, 2013, and we are sitting in Government House, Ottowa, Canada. Across the road from the Prime Minister's House, and snow is falling outside. It's the first time that Tony and I have seen snow.