Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Conferences

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Conferences

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Stuart Bradfield, Visiting Research Fellow, Native Title Research Unit, writes:

Native Title Conference 2004

The Native Title Research Unit of AIATSIS and the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (SA) Native Title Unit convened the fifth annual national Native Title Conference in Adelaide at the Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, on Thursday and Friday 3-4 June. The conference theme was Building Relationships: It's the People That Matter, It's the People That Make It Work, and the major sponsor of the conference was Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (ATSIS).

Main plenary sessions included the Mabo lecture, introduced by Mrs Bonita Mabo and this year delivered by Professor John Borrows who is a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada. Professor Borrows was the Institute's inaugural International Indigenous Visiting Fellow. Other key-note speakers included Professor Erica-Irene Daes, the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples, and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.

Pre-conference workshops, for native title representative body (NTRB) delegates only, were held on Wednesday 2 June. NTRB staff and executives participated in legal and research strategic thinking, knowledge and skills-based workshops. An Indigenous Youth Forum and Indigenous Talking Circles were convened by representatives from native title groups, community elders and native title practitioners to share experiences. …

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