Featured past event:
2015 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture

Each year, a renowned Australian individual is invited to speak publicly on the topic of reconciliation. In 2015, the lecture was given by The Honourable Mr Kevin Rudd.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong> <br />2015 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture

Featured past event:
‘Repatriation stories from a far away land’

A public lecture by NCIS Adjunct Fellow Dr C. Timothy McKeown, a legal anthropologist whose research focuses on the development and implementation of repatriation policy.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong> <br />‘Repatriation stories from a far away land’

Featured past event:
Graduate research retreat

NCIS hosts an annual workshop for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholars who are Indigenous to Australia, or are undertaking research into indigenous topics.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong><br />Graduate research retreat

Featured past event:
Justice Reinvestment Forum

2 August 2012: NCIS co-hosted a 1-day discussion forum with academic and government leaders, about issues related to Justice Reinvestment.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong><br />Justice Reinvestment Forum

Featured past event:
Common Roots: Common Futures conference

20 – 22 February 2012: NCIS co-hosted a 3-day conference and workshop at the University of Arizona, focusing on national and international Indigenous governance and development.

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<strong>Featured past event:</strong><br />Common Roots: Common Futures conference



The 2013 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture

Each year, a renowned Australian is invited to speak publicly on the topic of reconciliation. As 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture, we have invited Professor Patrick Dodson, who gave the inaugural lecture in 2004, to present this year's anniversary lecture.

Time & venue: 6 – 7pm followed by refreshments; Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT.

Enquiries & RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. Registration is essential – visit RSVP reconciliation or phone Kristian Draxl on 02 6125 1096.

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NCIS writing retreat

NCIS staff and HDR candidates participate in an annual week-long writing retreat at the Kioloa Coastal Campus of ANU. The week is loosely structured with a primary focus on writing, and with opportunities for discussion, sorting out knotty writing problems, and enhancing writing skills.

Time & venue: Monday 23 September – Friday 27 September 2013; Kioloa Coastal Campus located on the NSW south coast.

Enquiries & RSVP: Please email the NCIS Deputy Director, Associate Professor Cressida Fforde.

NCIS staff and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates at the ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus, NSW.

Conversations at the firepit.

Mick and Cressida kicking back at the firepit.

Kioloa Coastal Campus firepit.

Kioloa beach.

Sunset at Kioloa beach.

Sunrise at Kioloa beach.

Photos by Gary Toone and Sidha Pandian.


NCIS postgraduate research retreat

NCIS is proud to host its fourth retreat for Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates undertaking research into Indigenous topics. The retreat is an opportunity for Indigenous HDR candidates and candidates researching in Indigenous studies to engage in intellectual discussion, networking and information sharing.

Time & venue: Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 September 2013; Ibis Styles Canberra Eagle Hawk resort, located on the Federal Highway at the ACT/NSW border.

Enquiries & RSVP: Please email the NCIS HDR Program Manager, Dr Asmi Wood or phone 02 6125 8141. The event is free and places are limited.

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Website launch: 'Ready 4 Recognition'

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are not recognised in the Australian Constitution. Two recent ANU College of Law graduates in the Law Reform and Social Justice Program have dedicated the last two years to researching, writing and producing public information materials in support of the proposed referendum to recognise Australia's indigenous peoples in the Constitution. The first phase of the project 'Ready 4 Recognition' involved creating a plain-English booklet about the current status of the campaign for constitutional recognition. The project's second phase involves a community legal education campaign aimed at explaining the current status of the Constitution and the need to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to the community, so they can inform vote in the event of a referendum.

The 'Ready 4 Recognition' website, an information kit, and postcards, will be launched to coincide with the start of the project's second phase. Former Australian of the Year and member of the Yawuru people, Professor Mick Dodson, will give the guest talk at the launch, and Aunty Agnes Shea, an Elder of the Ngunnawal people, will give the Welcome to Country address. Professor Simon Rice will also speak about the Law Reform and Social Justice Program at the ANU College of Law.

Time & venue: Monday 5 August, 6 – 8pm; Common Room, University House, cnr Balmain Cr & Liversidge St, ANU.

Enquiries RSVP: Further details are available from Professor Simon Rice on ready4recognition@gmail.com or 02 6125 7845.


Public lecture: ‘Addressing “the casual undercurrent of racism” in Aotearoa through transformative citizenship education’

Veronica Tawhai, lecturer in politics and policy, Te Putahi a Toi School of Maori Studies, Massey University

The last three decades in Aotearoa New Zealand has seen a significant shift in indigenous-Crown relations and the development of provisions for the greater exercise by Maori of self determination across a range of areas including politics, education and health. The intellectual-political space within which these and other initiatives occur, however, continues to be restricted by debates on whether or not such provisions constitute ‘separatism,’ ‘apartheid,’ and afford Maori an unfair ‘special privilege.’ As highlighted by Australia's Professor Houston, “[t]he casual undercurrent of racism... thrives on ignorance,” Aotearoa New Zealand being of no exception, where the right of the Crown to govern is unquestioned and Maori socio-economic disadvantage misunderstood amongst the wider citizenry. This is in the absence of any education on the history of colonisation and its ongoing effects. As one step towards remedying this, Veronica Tawhai's PhD research explores the pedagogies of senior indigenous educators in their efforts to ‘break through the ignorance barrier,’ the insights and experiences they might wish to share to help prepare the next generation of educators engaging in this work, and whether or not this type of education could form a new and transformative agenda for citizenship education in countries such as Aotearoa and Australia.

Veronica Tawhai is from the Ngati Porou, Ngati Upeohatu nations on the East Coast of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and is a current lecturer in the politics and policy stream at Te Putahi a Toi School of Maori Studies at Massey University. With a Bachelor of Arts in Social Policy and Maori Studies and a Masterate in Education (Hons), her past research examines aspects of indigenous electoral, political and citizenship engagement and electoral, political and citizenship education. She is also a member of various local and national groups including the Education Sub-commission of UNESCO NZ, Te Ata Kura Society for Conscientisation and the Matike Mai Aotearoa Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation, her PhD research bringing together her academic and community work by investigating the praxis of citizenship education relevant to socio-political transformations in indigenous-coloniser/settler societies.

Time venue: 4 – 5pm, Wednesday 17 July, Phillipa Weeks library, ANU College of Law.

Enquiries RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. Bookings are not required.


Book launch: 'In Black and White: Australians All at the Crossroads'

Why are so many Aboriginal Australians still disadvantaged? Why is so much potential still wasted? Why is 'the Aboriginal problem' still intractable? Why can we not even agree on the causes, let alone ways forward? Why have billions on special programs had such little effect?

Is it all bad news? How can we: realise the talents of all Australia's Aboriginal citizens, eradicate disadvantage, grow Aboriginal success, and achieve at last the real potential of this country? 'In black and white: Australians All at the Crossroads' (edited by Rhonda Craven, Anthony Dillon, and Nigel Parbury) seeks to illuminate the issues through perspectives of concerned blackfellas and whitefellas, on root causes, how issues play out on the ground, and what needs to be done. It is the hope of the editors that experiences and ideas, from the community base to the heights of policy, may reveal the common ground that is sine-qua-non to working out real answers and practical programs that will make a difference. As the subtitle's reference to our National Anthem suggests, all Australians must put an end to the wastage of Indigenous talent and the denial of the real Australia that has diminished our nation for far too long. Aussies can do anything. Together we can't lose!

The book will be launched by NCIS Director, Professor Mick Dodson.

Time venue: Monday 24 June, 5pm for a 5.30pm start; The Australian National University Co-op Bookshop, Building 17, Union Court, Canberra ACT 0200.

Enquiries RSVP: Places are strictly limited and RSVP is essential by 3pm on Friday 21 June to anu@coop-bookshop.com.au or 02 6249 6244.

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Panel discussion: ‘Significance of Keating's Redfern speech to reconciliation 20 years on’

During National Reconciliation Week, Monash University is hosting an expert panel discussion to explore the impact that former Prime Minister The Honourable Paul Keating's Redfern Park speech had at the time of its delivery 20 years ago, and what human rights issues still need to be addressed.

NCIS Director, Professor Mick Dodson AM, will deliver the keynote address reflecting on the impact of the Redfern speech 20 years on and his own efforts to improve the lives of Aboriginal people and promote reconciliation. Following the keynote address, an expert panel comprising Professor Mick Dodson AM, Professor Kerry Arabena and Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC and moderated by ABC radio presenter Mr Jon Faine, will discuss Indigenous human rights issues both locally and globally since the Redfern speech.

Time venue: 6 – 8pm, The Edge, Federation Square, cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne.

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Book launch: ‘Our stories are our survival’

Lawrence Bamblett, Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and Adjunct Research Fellow, National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS)

Manning Clark wrote that people complimented him for 'giving Australia a soul' as he famously immersed himself in the task of helping Australians discover who we are. While this was going on, a group of Wiradjuri historians were equally immersed in their task of telling us who we are. They were celebrating Wiradjuri excellence and sharing the ancient storytelling tradition that gives us our soul. Comparing parallel careers, Lawrence Bamblett will consider why certain historians – and their stories – endure to make a significant impact on individual and group identities.

Lawrence Bamblett is a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and an Adjunct Research Fellow at NCIS. He combines community development work with tertiary teaching and research. His work has a central focus on understanding the nature and impact of the way Aboriginal people have been and continue to be represented, and how they choose to represent themselves. His recently-released book 'Our stories are our survival' outlines the importance of stories, for himself as a child growing up in the Erambie mission in Cowra, and to his wider community and culture.

Time venue: 5.30pm, Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT.

Enquiries RSVP: Bookings are essential: T 6295 1808 or info@manningclark.org.au. Free to MCH members (for 2013 membership), $20 public admission/$10 concession.


Public lecture: ‘Mabo: a catalyst for social change’

Greg McIntyre S.C., Barrister, John Toohey Chambers

Greg McIntyre S.C. examines how the Mabo case created a change to the way in which the broader society viewed Australia's Indigenous inhabitants and avoided the possibility of Australia's Indigenous people and their culture succumbing to the pressure towards assimilation and absorption into the broader undifferentiated Australian society.

Greg McIntyre is a barrister practising from John Toohey Chambers in Perth, Western Australia. He received the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2009 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2002.

Time venue: 11am–12.30pm, Sparke Helmore 2 lecture theatre, ANU College of Law, Fellows Rd, ANU.

Enquiries RSVP: Enquiries: NCIS Administrative Officer or T 6125 6708. Bookings are essential: Public lecture with Greg McIntyre on Mabo. Please RSVP by Monday 13 May 2013. This lecture is free and open to the public.


Public lecture: ‘Secure tenure for home ownership and economic development on land subject to native title’

Ed Wensing, Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia and PhD scholar, NCIS; Jonathan Taylor, Member, Planning Institute of Australia and Associate Director, KPMG

This paper explores approaches to enabling home ownership and economic development possibilities to be realised on Aboriginal lands, with particular reference to Aboriginal Lands Trust reserve lands in Western Australia which are also subject to native title rights and interests.

Ed Wensing (Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia) is a PhD candidate at NCIS, visiting lecturer at University of Canberra and at James Cook University, and an Associate in SGS Economics and Planning (a member-governed college of professionals that shapes policy and investment decisions in favour of sustainable urban and regional development) , Canberra.

Jonathan Taylor (Member, Planning Institute of Australia) is an Associate Director with KPMG (leading provider of audit, tax and advisory services), Perth.

Time venue: 12.30pm – 1.30pm, The Mabo Room, AIATSIS, Lawson Crescent, Canberra.

Enquiries RSVP: For more seminar information visit the AIATSIS website, contact publicprograms@aiatsis.gov.au or telephone 02 6246 1144. Please RSVP with Amity Raymont for catering purposes.


Professor Robert Manne and Professor Mick Dodson AM in conversation

Thinking for Yourself conference, in honour of Professor Robert Manne

During his almost four decades as a university researcher and teacher and public intellectual, Professor Robert Manne has been involved in a series of bitterly contested controversies concerning the interpretation of the Holocaust, the nature of Communism, the Cold War, social democracy and its neo-liberal critics, the dispossession of the indigenous population of Australia, multiculturalism, the state's responsibility for asylum seekers and, most recently, the politics of climate change.

The Thinking for Yourself conference, organised by La Trobe University's School of Social Sciences and Communications, examined a number of themes and issues that have been integral to Robert Manne's intellectual work. The conference featured keynote addresses by Professor Pat Dodson and Professor Raimond Gaita, and incorporated a special event featuring Professor Manne in conversation with Professor Mick Dodson around the topics Indigenous politics: Reflections on the stolen generations report, the Northern Territory 'Intervention', and the constitutional referendum.

Time venue: Thursday 28 February and Friday 1 March 2013, 9.30am – 6.30pm, John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University Bundoora Campus, Melbourne.

Enquiries RSVP: To register your interest please contact Bree Ahrens.

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