Cancellation of the First Nations Policy Futures National Conference, 8-10 December 2021
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), at the Australian National University, regrettably informs the cancellation of First Nations Policy Futures National Conference from 8-10 December 2021.
In challenging times due to the current pandemic situation, CAEPR has a responsibility to ensure that all communities remain safe. The Conference and its incredible impact was to be from the coming together of many sectors and communities across the country, connecting, looking to the future. The current pandemic makes it hard for many to travel, and thus this difficult decision has been made.
For any enquiries regarding the conference cancellation please contact Minda Murray, CAEPR,
We look forward to working with communities and sectors in many other ways to create positive impact and change.
Conference themes and streams
The Conference has three themes:
- Country: to explore how policy development can better reflect the diversity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being, doing and opportunities of 'Country' as understood by First Nations peoples and others. For example, do First Nations peoples have the answers to better land, fire, and water management practices? Is Country the answer to wellbeing?
- Livelihoods: to consider past, present and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander livelihoods from the perspectives of economy, employment, wellbeing, and place development. What does a life well lived for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait person mean? What are our current policy assumptions? Whose voices are heard and engaged with in shaping policies as they relate to livelihoods? Which voices are being unlistened to?
- Political settlement: to examine how self-determination and sovereignty might gain greater traction in Australia? Are 'Voice' and 'Treaty' the only answers? What could they contribute? How do we reflect the diverse possibilities of First Peoples, time, and place?
As part of the conference, ANU will be hosting a small-scale festival of culture and connection, story and art. Drawing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expressions and knowledges through music, dance, stories, film, language, science and art (including the many cultural treasures that reside in ANU), the festival will allow participants to engage in deep reflection and conversations about our collective stories, relationships, connections, custodianship of cultural spaces and possibilities.
- Call for Presentations Opens - Early July 2021
- Participant Registration Opens - August 2021