Proud Partnerships in Place: 2021 ANZSOG First Peoples’ Public Administration Virtual Conference

4-days, commencing 17 February 2021 – 10 March 2021 11.30am – 2.30pm AEDT.

Each 3-hour event across four consecutive Wednesdays will include panel discussions and breakout Q&A yarning circles, where attendees can ask questions and move between sessions.

Proud Partnerships in Place was widely acknowledged by stakeholders and past conference delegates as an opportunity to move away from deficit issues and showcase and celebrate successful local, place-based solutions - a result of partnerships between government and Indigenous agencies and communities. This theme continues throughout the 4-day conference, with each of the four days providing attendees with an opportunity to explore a different focus area.

Speakers will cover a range of topics, sufficiently broad to allow presenters to share transformative models of partnership that have evolved, strengthened or changed, and the lessons learned to survive, be adaptive and thrive, despite challenges that often have a devastating impact on Indigenous communities.

The four-day conference will be hosted by Dan Conifer, a Ngemba-Muruwari man and political reporter for the ABC 7.30 report.

Event one (17 February 2021): Setting the scene

Sponsored by: ACT Government

This event will set the scene and provide a framework model of what proud partnerships mean. This event will challenge and inspire the possibilities of working in partnership, showcasing innovative results, unintended consequences and ongoing challenges between governments and communities. How can governments successfully deliver on promises and remain accountable to the communities they are looking to serve?

Pre-event networking sessions

Time: 9.45 am AEDT

Wominjeka, Kia Ora and welcome to Proud Partnerships in Place. Upon entering the virtual conference platform delegates will have opportunities to connect with in virtual rooms. 

Wayapa Wuurrk (starting at 10am - 10.45am): an earth connection practice based on ancient Indigenous wisdom that focuses on taking care of the Earth as the starting point for creating Earth Mind Body Spirit well-being. This will be a live session.

ANZSOG Launchpad (10.30am - 11.15am): Delegates will learn how ANZSOG can strengthen their professional development journeys and receive information on our leadership programs.

The Lounge: A place to unwind, relax and enjoy past performances from notable Indigenous artists across Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Deadly Collections: A place to share your favourite First Peoples books, films, music, articles or resources. Leave your recommendations and we will collate and share them with conference attendees.

Event one: Setting the scene (sponsored by ACT Government)

Time: 11.30am AEDT

Hosted by Dan Conifer

Opening address

Speakers: Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta MP

Panel: Defining partnerships

Speakers: June Oscar AOJudge Caren Fox

Every partnership needs to be different to reflect the needs of the communities involved. So how do we define partnerships, and move away from hierarchical relationships to relationships based on power-sharing and respect? 

Recommended reading from June Oscar: Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future Report 2020

Recommended reading from Judge Caren Fox: Te Tai Haruru: Journal of Māori and Indigenous Issues

Panel: Delivering on promises and remaining accountable

Speakers:  Pat Turner, Trevor MoekeProfessor Tom Calma AO, Dame Naida Glavish

Building partnerships requires thinking about the long-term, and accountability measures need to reflect this. This session looks at different ways of thinking about accountability, and delivering on commitments, and how partnerships can improve accountability in the long-term.

Yarning circles - Concurrent Q&A sessions

Time: 1.30pm AEDT

Designed so delegates can move easily between sessions, these yarning circles will give delegates an opportunity to ask questions on the topics and themes covered in the previous panel discussions.

Yarning circle 1 – Defining partnerships

Speaker: June Oscar AO

Yarning circle 2 – Defining partnerships

Speaker: Judge Caren Fox

Yarning circle 3 – Delivering on promises and remaining accountable

Speaker: Trevor Moeke

Yarning circle 4 – Delivering on promises and remaining accountable

Speaker: Dame Naida Glavish

Yarning circle 5 – Delivering on promises and remaining accountable

Speaker: Blair Excell, Deputy CEO Policy & Programs, NIAA

Reflections and moving forward

Time: 2.15pm AEDT

Prepared by Dan Conifer

Event one concludes

Time: 2.30pm AEDT

Event two (24 February 2021): Solving global challenges

This event will look towards solving global challenges. How can local solutions and First Peoples knowledge contribute to better policy on local and global challenges? How is accountability maintained in these relationships in the long-term? This event will highlight better ways of working with communities on issues surrounding caring for Country, environmental management, and post pandemic economic recovery.

Pre-event Networking sessions

Time: 9.45am AEDT

Wominjeka, kia ora and welcome to Proud Partnerships in Place. Upon entering the virtual conference platform delegates will have opportunities to connect in virtual rooms.

  • Wayapa Wuurrk (10am - 10.45am): an earth connection practice based on ancient Indigenous wisdom that focuses on taking care of the Earth as the starting point for creating Earth Mind Body Spirit well-being. This will be a live session.
  • ANZSOG Launchpad (10.30am - 11.15am): Delegates will learn how ANZSOG can strengthen their professional development journey and receive information on our leadership programs, the First Peoples scholarship for an Indigenous senior public sector manager and the ANZSOG First Peoples strategy.
  • The Lounge: A place to unwind, relax and enjoy past performances from notable Indigenous artists across Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.
  • Deadly Collections: A place to share your favourite First Peoples books, films, music, tv series, galleries, exhibitions, articles or other Indigenous resources. Leave your recommendations and we will collate and share them with conference attendees.

Solving global challenges

Time: 11.30am AEDT

Hosted by Dan Conifer

Welcome to Country

Uncle Dave Wandin

Panel: Caring for Country and Mana whenua

Speakers:

Partnerships that reflect the importance of the environment to First Peoples, and harness their knowledge of country, are not just important for the local environment but can be used to address bigger environmental challenges such as climate change and appropriate sustainable climate action.

Panel: Cultural burning and the sacredness of water

Speakers:

Governments that adopt First Peoples perspectives on fire and water stand to reap the environmental benefits for everyone. This session focuses on Indigenous-led fire management in Australia and the incorporation of the sacredness of water to Māori into Aotearoa New Zealand’s environmental policy and legislation, and what more needs to be done.

Yarning circles - Concurrent Q&A sessions

Time: 1.30pm AEDT

Designed so delegates can move easily between sessions, these yarning circles will give delegates an opportunity to ask questions on the topics and themes covered in the previous panel discussions.

Yarning circle 1 – Caring for Country and Mana whenua

Speaker: Cheryl Leavy

Cheryl Leavy will be speaking on the Gurra Gurra Framework. You can watch its launch here

Yarning circle 2 – Caring for Country and Mana whenua

Speaker: Tina Porou

Yarning circle 3 – Cultural burning and the sacredness of water

Speaker: Shane Graham

Yarning circle 4 – Cultural burning and the sacredness of water

Speaker: Trent Nelson

Yarning circle 5 – Cultural burning and the sacredness of water

Speaker: Dr Erin O’Donnell

Recommended resources from Dr O'Donnell include:

Reflections and moving forward

Time: 2.15pm AEDT

Summary of today's discussions and yarning circles prepared by Dan Conifer

Event two concludes

Time: 2.30pm AEDT

Event three (3 March 2021): Structuring change

This event will explore how Treaty accountabilities are being delivered in Aotearoa-New Zealand and how Treaty obligations more broadly, can be used to develop economic prosperity and innovation. This will be part of a broader discussion of how different approaches like the Aotearoa-New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget and living standards framework, can be used to change treaty partnered relationships, and outcomes. Including an update on the work of the First Peoples’ Assembly Victoria and the first-ever Australian truth and justice commission, to recognise ongoing injustices against First Peoples in Victoria.

Event four (10 March 2021): Turning trends

This event will conclude Proud Partnerships in Place through an examination of turning trends. Where have government and community worked together on complex challenges to improve outcomes? This final event will hear from speakers on transformative health services, mental health and healing, and justice re-investment.

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