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.
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?
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.
Time: 11.30am AEDT
Hosted by Dan Conifer
Speakers: Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta MP
Speakers: June Oscar AO, Judge 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
Speakers: Pat Turner, Trevor Moeke, Professor 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.
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
Time: 2.15pm AEDT
Prepared by Dan Conifer
Time: 2.30pm AEDT
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.
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.
Uncle Dave Wandin
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.
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 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:
Summary of today's discussions and yarning circles prepared by Dan Conifer
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.
Honourable Justice Sir Joe Williams KNZM
A synopsis of the journey since Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed, the Waitangi Tribunal established to address grievances and how the Treaty principles of partnership, participation and protection are being addressed today, for the future.
Australia often looks to Aotearoa-New Zealand to see how a Treaty can drive change for First Peoples. This trans-Tasman session looks at the strengths and challenges of Treaty-based approaches to building partnerships and putting real social and economic power in the hands of First Peoples. At the same time we will look at the unique strides the First Peoples’ Assembly Victoria are taking, as they move closer to creating a Treaty Negotiation Framework.
Yarning circle 1 – Treaty – yesterday, today and tomorrow
Speaker: Honourable Justice Sir Joe Williams KNZM
Yarning circle 2 – Treaty Obligations and Accountabilities
Speaker: Lil Anderson
Yarning circle 3 – Treaty Obligations and Accountabilities
Speaker: Oliver Parsons and Trevor Moeke
Yarning circle 4 – Treaty Obligations and Accountabilities
Speaker: Rueben Berg
Summary of today's discussions and yarning circles by conference host Dan Conifer
This concluding event will again take an optimistic approach and look at how governments and communities have worked together on complex challenges. We will hear from speakers on transformative health services including Indigenous and COVID-19 response policy and implementation, mental health services and healing, and justice re-investment programs operating in several jurisdictions. For most communities all of these challenges are linked, and it is only through partnerships that First Peoples can use their knowledge of their own communities to develop holistic and lasting solutions to these issues.
Hon Willie Jackson
Allowing First Peoples to control health services means that broader community concerns can be addressed in a culturally safe environment. Moving beyond a narrow definition of health to one that recognises economic and social drivers of poor health can lead to radically different outcomes for communities.
Giving communities control over justice as part of a broader partnership agenda can reduce reoffending and improve life-changing outcomes. Communities are best placed to understand the reasons why their members become involved in the justice system and develop programs to address them, whilst keeping them connecting to their culture and identity.
The challenge for the NZ Police (and partners) is to change mind-sets through an increase in the use of Tikanga Māori (culture), understanding kaupapa (ideals, concepts) Māori frameworks, Māori-specific research and evidence, to assist the development of tikanga Māori interventions and programs which restore and strengthen individuals, whānau (family), and communities.
Yarning circle 1 – Transformative Health Services
Dr Dawn Casey and Dr Lucas de Toca
Read the background paper
Yarning circle 2 – Transformative Health Services
Te Ao Kapa
Yarning circle 3 – Justice re-investment
Yarning circle 4 – Justice re-investment
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