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2012 Indigenous Knowledges Symposium
Water Sustainability and Wildfire Mitigation
Monday 16 April
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About the Symposium

In the Indigenous tradition of coming together to share knowledge, Dr Lewis O'Brien and the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research invite all those interested to a one day Symposium. This symposium aims to highlight Indigenous practices of effective land and natural resource management including:

  • Firestick farming
  • Wildfire mitigation
  • Water Sustainability
  • Effective tree planting
  • Revegetation of country

The focus is on the sharing of Indigenous knowledge's but is open to all who work, theorise, study, practice in this vital area of land and natural resource management. We hope it will facilitate the beginnings of many discussions regarding how best to care for our most precious resource, our country.

This symposium is supported by UniSA Research SA Fellowship Awards and the Australian Research Council. 

The Participants

Dr (Uncle) Lewis 'Yerloburka' O'Brien
Dr (Uncle) Lewis 'Yerloburka' O'Brien
A Kaurna Elder and Adjunct Research Fellow with DUCIER at the University of South Australia. He previously worked as a Fitter and Machinist/Ships Engineer, including a brief stint in Papua New Guinea, before moving into the field of Education as a Liaison Officer for the South Australian Education Department, Resource Worker for UniSA and then Director of Kura Yerlo until his retirement in 1995. Uncle Lewis has been honoured with a string of awards over the years, including a Citizen of Humanity Award from the National Committee of Human Rights (2009) and has been active on numerous boards and committees since the 1960s. In 2007 Uncle Lewis's autobiography, And the Clock Struck Thirteen was published. In 2010 he was awarded an Australian Research Council grant to explore Indigenous knowledge's in relation to water sustainability and wildfire mitigation. Uncle Lewis has recently been awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to the education of Indigenous people at Flinders University and his work in the Aboriginal community in South Australia.

Professor Bill Gammage
Professor Bill Gammage
Adjunct professor of history in the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra. He grew up in Wagga, NSW, and has taught history at universities in Canberra, Port Moresby and Adelaide. His book on Australian soldiers in the Great War, The Broken Years, was  first  published in 1974; an illustrated edition is still in print. He was historical  adviser  to Peter Weir's classic  film, Gallipoli, and has written books on Narrandera Shire, NSW, and on an exploring patrol in New Guinea and the people it met. His 2011 book, The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines  made Australia, argues that at the time of contact ("1788"), people shaped and managed their country deliberately and carefully over many generations.

Dr Anne Poelina
Dr Anne PoelinaDr Anne Poelina is a registered nurse and traditional midwife, with a Masters in Education, Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master Arts (Indigenous Social Policy), Doctor of Philosophy, currently undertaking a second doctorate award. Anne is a Nyikina Traditional Owner from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River.  Her childhood was spent growing up in the Kimberley and she has maintained a love and respect for land, law and culture particularly in relation to creating industries that are culturally affirming and environmentally sustainable.  Her work highlights Indigenous knowledges relating to water sustainability and wildfire mitigation and other key environmental/land management issues. Anne was a finalist in the WA Rural Woman of the Year 2010, 2011 Peter Cullen Water Leadership Award and is a signatory to the Redstone Statement that she helped draft at the 1st International Summit on Indigenous Environmental Philosophy in 2010.   She is also a member of the Expert Working Group on Indigenous Science, Steering Committee Member to the Australian Heritage Council for Indigenous Heritage and Advisory Panel Member Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity. See Dr Poelina work on www.mardoowarra.com.au.

Assoc. Professor Irene Watson
Assoc. Professor Irene Watson
Assoc. Professor Irene Watson belongs to the Tanganekald and Meintangk peoples of the Coorong and the south east of South Australia. Irene has worked as a legal practitioner and an academic and has taught in all three South Australian universities. She has worked internationally at the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations, having extensive experience working on questions of international law and Aboriginal peoples. Irene is currently an academic with the University of South Australia  in the David Unaipon  College of Indigenous  Education  and Research.  Irene has published  in the area of Aboriginal  rights and law, including  Looking at You: Looking at Me, and is currently working on a manuscript for publication, Raw Law. Irene  is also part of the successful team who won an Australian Research Council grant in 2010 to further explore the development of Indigenous knowledges in relation to water sustainability and wildfire mitigation.

Professor John Boland
Professor John Bloand
An expert in environmental modelling, specialising in time series and statistical modelling of climate variables and modelling systems under uncertainty. He, along with colleagues, is present or past holder of eight ARC grants. One special topic of his research is on the stochastic modelling of climate variables and their impact on systems, in highly ranked journals like Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy. He is Associate Editor of Energy Meteorology for Renewable Energy journal, and Director of Solar Assessment and Climate for the International Solar Energy Society. Prof Boland has extensive experience in using the Ecological Footprint (EF) environmental indicator to both assess present impacts and also assess possible interventions to lower the EF. He has led teams that estimated the EF of the state of South Australia, the Adelaide City Council area and the Lochiel Park Green Village in Adelaide's northeast.

Dr Suzi Hutchings
Dr Suzi HutchingsDr Suzi Hutchings is a Central Arrernte woman. She is a Research Fellow, Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer at the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research at the University of South Australia. She is also a consultant social anthropologist who has been involved in the arena of native title for over 10 years,and has worked as the senior anthropologist on many high profile cases throughout Australia. Suzi is also regularly asked by the Federal Family Court to provide expert evidence on Indigenous cultural issues for matters involving Indigenous families. Suzi is also part of the successful team who won an Australian Research Council grantin 2010 to further explore the development of Indigenous knowledge's in relation to water sustainability and wildfire mitigation.

Program

Note: All activities will take place in the BRADLEY FORUM, unless noted otherwise *
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MONDAY 16TH APRIL, 2012

8:30am - 9:00am

Registration: Foyer Bradley Forum

9:00am - 9:30am

Kaurna Welcome - Dr Lewis O'Brien

Welcome to DUCIER: Professor Peter Buckskin

9.30am - 10.45am

Dr Lewis 'Yerloburka' O'Brien - Aboriginal Ways of Thinking and Sustainability

Assoc. Professor Irene Watson - Respecting the Integrity of Indigenous Knowledges

Professor John Boland - Rainfall influences vegetation growth - does vegetation influence rainfall?

Dr Suzi Hutchings - Re-mythologizing the divide between the city and the bush: a perspective on changes to significant tree legislation in South Australia.

Chair: Professor Peter Buckskin

10.45am - 11.15am

Morning Tea:  Foyer Bradley Forum

11.15am - 12.25pm

Professor Bill Gammage
Title: The Biggest Estate on Earth

Chair: Professor John Boland

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Lunch:  Atrium - Yungondi Building *

1.30 - 2.40pm

 

Dr Anne Poelina
Title: Standing Together for Kandri
Chair: Dr Suzi Hutchings

2.40pm - 3.00pm

Afternoon Tea - Foyer Bradley Forum

3.00pm - 4.00pm

Floor Talk - Where to From Here?

Chair: Assoc. Professor Irene Watson

4.00pm - 5.00pm

Journal Launch - Assoc. Professor Irene Watson - Griffith Law Review 2011 Vol 20, No. 3
Atrium - Yungondi Building *

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Listen to Presentation

Welcome to DUCIER: Professor Peter Buckskin 
Assoc. Professor Irene Watson - Respecting the Integrity of Indigenous Knowledges
Panel
Dr Lewis 'Yerloburka' O'Brien - Aboriginal Ways of Thinking and Sustainability
Professor John Boland - Rainfall influences vegetation growth - does vegetation influence rainfall?
Dr Anne Poelina - Standing Together for Kandri
Dr Suzi Hutchings - Re-mythologizing the divide between the city and the bush: a perspective on changes to significant tree legislation in South Australia.

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