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Event: Indigenous Resurgence in Canada and Australia Symposium

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


In partnership with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies’ (AIATSIS), Kurongkurl Katitjin will be hosting a one-day symposium next month titled Indigenous Resurgence in Canada and Australia.

In this symposium, Indigenous leaders from Canada and Australia will draw on their own research, writing and experience in leading a conversation about the relationship between First Nations peoples and the settler societies they engage with.

Ideas explored will include enduring demands for recognition, the benefits (or otherwise) of treaties, reconciliation, constitutional recognition, and land claim and native title settlements.

A particular focus will be on the Canadian experience of ‘Indigenous Resurgence’ – restoring Indigenous presences on the land and water, and strengthening Indigenous nationhood. What are the possibilities of, and challenges to, Indigenous resurgence in Australia?


Professor Taiaiake Alfred

Taiaiake Alfred is Professor of Indigenous Governance and Director of the IGov program at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He specializes in studies of traditional governance, restoration of land-based cultural practices, and decolonisation strategies.

Taiaiake's current research examines the effects of environmental contamination on Indigenous cultural practices, with a focus on the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. He works as a consultant to Indigenous communities to assess cultural injury due to contamination of the natural environment, and to design land-based cultural restoration plans.

His diverse writings and intellectual contributions include Wasáse: Indigenous pathways of action and freedom (University of Toronto Press, 2005); Peace, Power, Righteousness (Oxford University Press, 1999/2009); and Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors (Oxford University Press, 1995).

Taiaiake was born in Montréal in 1964 and was raised in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. He now lives in Wsanec Nation Territory.

Professor Jeff Corntassel

Jeff Corntassel is Tsalagi (Cherokee Nation) and received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1998. He is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the School of Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria, which is located on Lekwungen and Wsanec homelands.

Jeff was the first to represent the Cherokee Nation as a delegate to the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples and strives to honour his family and nation as a teacher, activist, and scholar.

Mr Glen Kelly

Glen Kelly is the CEO of the National Native Title Council and formerly the CEO of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, the native title representative body for the South West of WA from 2006 to 2015.

A Nyungar man from the lower south west of WA, Glen has more than 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal Affairs, Native Title and Indigenous Land Management at local, national and international levels.

This experience has included advocacy, policy development, research and the negotiation of substantial native title agreements, including the negotiation and authorisation of the South West Native Title Settlement.

Event details

Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Venue: Kurongkurl Katitjin Gallery, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus, Building 15, Room 127
RSVP: By Friday, 3 June 2016 to Kurongkurl Katitjin. Limited places are available. Secure your seat today.


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