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Media Release: Announcing North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Indigenous experts gather to plan for the north

North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum 19 – 21 June, 2012

Indigenous experts from across northern Australia will convene at Mary River, NT on 19 - 21 June to set a policy foundation and action-based planning framework for northern development that includes Indigenous people’s interests. Delegates will include young leaders, elders, professionals, practitioners and experts in a range of fields including economics, culture, social wellbeing, environmental sustainability and policy development.

“Northern Australia is very different from the rest of Australia - economically, ecologically, socially and culturally. It is home to the world’s oldest living culture and immense biological and cultural diversity that is internationally significant. We are also on the cusp of industrial development on a scale never before envisaged. The region’s unique features require a comprehensive strategy to achieve sustainability well into the future,” said Joe Morrison, CEO NAILSMA.

“The north's Indigenous people need to be able to draw greater benefits from development in the region and their unmatched knowledge and dedication to caring for country”, he said.

While building on the work of the Northern Australian Land and Water Taskforce, the Forum will develop a vision that recognises the unique values of the north and connects meaningfully to regional, national and global policies. The Forum will also identify some of the barriers to Indigenous participation in existing industries while discussing emerging opportunities across the north that build Indigenous leadership, and capacity.

“This first Indigenous Experts Forum offers an opportunity for Indigenous people to establish a pathway for northern development that builds resilience and prosperity for residents of the north and benefits the nation”, said Joe Morrison.

The outcomes of the Forum will be presented to the Northern Australian Ministerial Forum and provide direction to its Indigenous Experts Panel and a follow up forum in 2013.

View pdf of media release below.


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