An exciting program of speakers and interactive sessions is currently being constructed! Watch the Speakers page for announcement of keynotes and plenaries over the coming weeks. Final program to be released including workshops and sessions in late August. The program will cover a broad range of current debates, with a view to the future. During the conference, the program will straddle the following key 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?
We are encouraging a vast array of presenters to design sessions covering these themes, in interactive ways so that participants can influence constructive debate and ideas. It could be in the form of a themed discussion workshop, a themed question and answer panel discussion, a structured debate chamber, a yarning circle or through our proposed Policy Poetry Slams. If you wish to present one of these sessions, please head to the Call for Presentation page, give us your ideas, and be creative!
Details coming soon...