Earlier this week, IPS Executive Director Jahna Cedar attended the AIATSIS Summit held from 31 May to 4 June 2021 on Kaurna Yerta country in Adelaide, South Australia.
The Summit provided a unique forum for academics, government, native title, legal experts, and community sectors to collaborate in addressing challenges for the native title and research sectors. As well as opportunities to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge, and governance.
The 2021 AIATSIS Summit theme was 'Footprints for the future - Tracking our journey together'. The conference provided a wonderful opportunity for the community to reconnect, and celebrate Mabo day and National Reconciliation Week.
A highlight of the week was hearing a key note speech from Gail Mabo, on Mabo Day. A momentous occasion to remember the legacy that Mr. Koiki Mabo left in his quest for acknowledgement of traditional owner rights. A selfless leader, he battled against all odds, standing firm in his ancestral stories, lores and dreaming, for what we now see as Native Title.
Key themes throughout the week included community, truth telling, treaty, voice and country. Key agencies and individuals shared best practice case studies and thoughts on how we can continue our quest for equity, social justice but more importantly acknowledgement that sovereignty was never ceded.
A powerhouse week of networking, learning, sharing, laughing and advocating for ongoing reform.
Pictured: Taliah Payne (Trust Manager Native Title for Perpetual trustees), Ashley Councillor (Pilbara Project Manager for Telethon Kids institute) with IPS Executive Director Jahna Cedar.
IPS Executive Director Jahna Cedar.
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