AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference 2017
The AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference 2017 - Impact, Engagement, Transformation - will draw together researchers, policymakers, cultural and collecting institutions, the corporate sector and Indigenous organisations and communities. The Conference will examine how we can more effectively target research efforts to achieve better policy outcomes and practice with lasting impact through transformative change.
Research plays a central role in creating transformative change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Questions of impact and engagement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research are front and centre in this change. So too is the way in which the Indigenous research effort innovates to inform policy and practice around Indigenous development.
AIATSIS and the University of Canberra will be co-convening the AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference 2017. The conference will be held at Hotel Realm, Barton ACT from Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 March 2017.
Registrations for the conference are now open. For more information please see:
National Native Title Conference 2017
In 2017 the annual National Native Title Conference will be convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) on the traditional lands of the Gurumblibara Wulgurukaba people, Townsville, Queensland. The conference will be held at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 June 2017.
The conference seeks to highlight the challenges and opportunities of native title in the broader context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspirations for their lands, waters and communities. The conference aims to promote public debate, foster knowledge acquisition and sharing between native title holders and other parties. It is the leading annual event for professional development for NTRB/NTSP staff, government bodies, native title practitioners and academics.
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National PBC Meeting 2016
A national meeting of Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBC) was held on Tuesday 31 May 2016, the day before the 2016 National Native Title Conference, in Darwin, Northern Territory. The meeting was attended by 60 participants over the course of the day from at least 28 Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) from around Australia and the Torres Strait.
National Native Title Conference 2016
The 2016 Annual National Native Title Conference was held 1-3 June, hosted by the Larrakia people on their traditional lands in Darwin, NT. It was co-convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Northern Land Council (NLC).
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National Native Title Conference 2015
The 2015 National Native Title Conference was held 16-18 June, hosted by the Kuku Yalanji people on their traditional lands in Port Douglas, Queensland. It was co-convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Cape York Land Council (CYLC).
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National Native Title Conference 2014
In June 2014, the annual National Native Title Conference was hosted by the Gumbaynggirr people, traditional owners of the Coffs Harbour region. The conference was co-convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and NTSCORP.
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2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference
50 Years on (1964-2014): Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking
The 2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference was held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on 26-28 March 2014. It looked at how far we have come in the area of Indigenous studies in Australia in the past 50 years. It celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legislated establishment of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS) as well as 50 years of leadership and excellence in Indigenous studies by AIATSIS.
The conference brought together multi-disciplinary expertise from across the Indigenous studies sector, including researchers, policy makers, community members, academics, representative organisations, consultants, traditional owners and service providers. Conference topics from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, health, cultural heritage, arts, policy, sport, economics, language, anthropology, archives, IT and other equally relevant sectors, the conference presented a unique opportunity to communicate information about research, projects and programs with a wide audience and to benefit from discussion around shared areas of interest.
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Western Australian PBC Workshop
In November 2013, AIATSIS held a three-day forum at the University of WA in Perth for representatives from Western Australian PBCs and RNTBCs as well as PBC support staff from Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers. The workshop covered PBC functions, relationships and representation.
National Native Title Conference 2013
In 2013 the Annual National Native Title Conference was convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Central Land Council (CLC) on the traditional lands of the Central Arrernte people, the native title holders of the Alice Springs area. The Conference was held in Alice Springs, at the Alice Springs Convention Centre from Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th June 2013.
RNTBC Regional Meetings
- Perth, WA - November 2013
- Port Augusta, SA - February 2012
- Melbourne, VIC - December 2011
- Cairns, QLD - October 2011
- Balgo, WA - August 2011
Perth, WA - November 2013
The first state wide meeting of Western Australian Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs), who are also known as Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate (RNTBCs), was held on the 20th-22nd November this year at the University Club of Western Australia in Perth. This workshop follows on from a series of regional workshops that have been convened by AIATSIS, in partnership with Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers (NTRBs/NTSPs), in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
The WA PBC Workshop was attended by representatives from 15 of the 28 PBCs in Western Australia. Representatives from some native title claim groups, NTRBs/NTSPs, the National Native Title Council (NNTC) and also Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) also attended the workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Gordon Cole, a Director of South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) and Lisa Strelein from AIATSIS.
The first day of the workshop focused on mapping what activities PBCs are currently involved in, what PBCs would like to achieve in the future, how PBCs run their business and the barriers that PBCs face. PBCs talked about wanting to achieve cultural, social, economic and environmental outcomes for their communities, but also discussed the challenges facing the majority of PBCs to achieve these outcomes without the financial resources needed to get their PBC off the ground. PBCs also discussed the need for strategic planning, cultural and demographic mapping of their communities, adequate training programs for Directors and the need for formal arrangements between PBCs and their respective NTRB or NTSP.
At one point in the meeting a PBC director from the Pilbara expressed frustration at the ongoing lack of financial and other resourcing for PBCs, concluding that “whoever invented PBCs didn’t do their homework”.
The second and third days of the workshop provide PBCs with the opportunity to get information about relevant resources and programs and build relationships with government stakeholders. Presentations were made by The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), 6 WA state government departments, the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC), the Aurora Project, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the Foundation of Independent Directors of Indigenous Organisations (FIDIO).
The workshop concluded by PBCs at the meeting resolving to form a WA PBC Network, which aims include PBC networking, lobbying government on behalf of PBCs interests and building regional alliances over specific issues and concerns. PBCs requested the support of AIATSIS to help get the network of the ground and are currently looking at future opportunities to bring PBCs in WA together again.
Port Augusta, SA - February 2012
The most recent meeting took place in Port Augusta, SA on 11–13 February 2012. This meeting was co-convened with South Australia Native Title Services (SANTS). The workshop brought together 4 RNTBC’s and 4 native title groups that are soon to establish RNTBCs through determinations scheduled for 2012. The majority of native title determinations in South Australia have occurred in very recent times, so this was the first time RNTBCs in SA had come together to discuss shared achievements and challenges. Discussions were focused upon: the resourcing and capacity challenges that RNTBCs face; the need for higher level business training for RNTBC directors, particularly to support business and economic development; the need for greater information sharing and networking between RNTBCs in SA, and between states; and support for establishing a state and national body to act as an advocate for RNTBC interests at a State and Federal level. Presentations were made by Intract Indigenous Contractors; the Indigenous Land Corporation; the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Indigenous Business Australia; Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; Department of Further Education, Employment, Science & Technology; and the Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia.
All meetings provided the opportunity for RNTBCs to familiarise themselves with each other’s activities, issues, structures, challenges and aspirations. Short informal presentations from RNTBC representatives and breakout sessions with small groups were used to promote discussion. These sessions highlighted the work that RNTBCs are doing and this was then compared to what they would like to be doing if they had resources and time.
Common issues were shared at all workshops, with many RNTBC representatives speaking positively about the strength and determination of their groups. However as was the case at both national RNTBC meetings in 2007 and 2009, RNTBCs were disheartened by the lack of funding for RNTBCs to allow for effective governance, coordination, administration and to fulfil their statutory responsibilities. Participants from all meetings identified the importance of RNTBCs supporting each other in business and commercial activities and for regular RNTBC national and state or regional based meetings.
Melbourne, VIC - December 2011
A meeting took place in Melbourne on 13–14 December 2011. Representatives from all four Victorian RNTBCs attended the meeting. The Victorian meeting was facilitated by Austin Sweeney of NTSV and Lisa Strelein of AIATSIS. Victorian government representatives from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria discussed potential opportunities for cultural heritage business development and the review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic). A representative from the Parliament of Victoria Environment & Natural Resources Committee gave a presentation on the parliamentary inquiry into Registered Aboriginal Parties. Representatives from the Department of Sustainability & Environment presented on state government planning for Victoria’s Forests and Parks. The Native Title Unit from the Department of Justice and FaHCSIA both spoke about RNTBC funding.
Cairns, QLD - October 2011
The second meeting took place in Cairns on 25–27 October 2011. Representatives from 26 Queensland RNTBCs attended the workshop. This included representatives from five RNTBCs of the Torres Strait Islands. The Queensland meeting involved native title representative bodies throughout the state and was facilitated by Lisa Strelein, Vincent Mundraby and Valerie Cooms.
Queensland government representatives from various departments attended the meeting. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Acts Branch of the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) discussed the transfer of land under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Acts 1991, they gave examples for transfer of inalienable freehold in Cape York and land trusts under specific protected areas. The Department of Local Government and Planning discussed planning processes and relationships with local councils. The Remote Indigenous Land and Infrastructure Program Office in the Department of Communities provided information on facilitating home ownership, surveys, community engagement and planning and 40 year leases. The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) discussed the development of economic and business expertise for Indigenous organisations. Commonwealth government agency representatives from FaHCSIA presented information on existing funding and support for RNTBCs and the Indigenous Leadership Program. Indigenous Business Australia spoke to the group on potential collaborations with RNTBCs.
Balgo, WA - August 2011
The NTRU has convened four regional RNTBC meetings, the first on 31 August–2 September 2011 in Balgo WA. The meeting comprised representatives from Tjamu Tjamu (Aboriginal Corporation) and Parna Ngururrpa (Aboriginal Corporation) and took place at the Balgo Community Centre. The meeting was co-facilitated with the Central Desert Native Title Services and with the support of consultant anthropologist, David Martin.
Western Australia government representatives from various departments attended the meeting. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities discussed the Caring for Country Program, Indigenous Protected Areas and carbon farming. The Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) provided examples and outlined opportunities for leasing Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) land and the Department of Regional Development and Lands (Royalties for Regions) provided an overview of potential funding opportunities. Commonwealth government representatives from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy also attended and discussed RNTBC internet access, remote business, recording culture and the My Story database.