Native Title Conference 2011

Wednesday, 1 June 2011 to Friday, 3 June 2011 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank, Australia


Welcome to the National Native Title Conference - convened annually by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and this year co-convened by Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS), and hosted by the Turrbal, Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul Peoples, the traditional owners of the wider Brisbane area.

The conference promotes native title as an agenda for justice for people and country, including the broader relationships between traditional owners and country. This year’s conference “Our Country, Our Future” is reflected in the following themes:

  • Decisions, Actions, Results
  • Enduring Cultures, Resilient Societies
  • Country, Heritage and Development
  • Tenure, Title and Possession

The 2011 conference program includes one day of closed workshops for Indigenous people and their native title representative bodies and service providers (June 1) followed by the two day Public Program for registered delegates (June 2-3). The dynamic cultural program will include a Welcome to Country for all conference delegates at 5.30pm on Wednesday June 1. 

This year’s conference will include more opportunities for shared experiences and engagement between presenters and audience. The Dialogue Forums are a new opportunity which will bring together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Each Dialogue Forum will discuss a set question about native title in a collaborative environment.

We are proud of the strong Indigenous traditions of the conference, including the Welcome to Country ceremony, Indigenous Talking Circles, the Mabo Lecture, and pre-conference workshops for native title claimants/holders and their representative bodies. The conference embraces cultural diversity within Indigenous society and values dynamic intercultural conversations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous conference delegates.

Key conference attendees include native title holders and applicants, native title practitioners (primarily legal counsel and anthropologists), academics, Commonwealth and state government agencies, State and Federal Ministers, and Federal and High Court Judges. Each year the conference attracts hundreds of participants, with some 650 delegates and 150 speakers attending last year’s conference, half of whom were Indigenous.

We thank our sponsors for their contribution which subsidises registration fees, and is targeted to increase Indigenous participation in the conference.

 We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane at this exciting and important meeting place of people and ideas.

The importance of the Native Title Conference

Find out why the National Native Title Conference is one of the best attended Indigenous conferences in Australia. This short film captures some views about native title, why the conference is important and what they hope can be achieved for traditional owners. Produced by AIATSIS Audiovisual Archives and the Native Title Research Unit, Canberra, 2010.

Featuring footage © Australian Tourist Commission 2000.

For any conference enquiries please contact:
Makeeta Ratulevu
P: 02 62461167

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