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Land Rights News Central Australia: Land Rights News (September 2010)

Published: September, 2010

Gina Smith and the group speaking at the conference.

Central Australians wow Canadian conference

At the opening ceremony the Tla-o-qui-aht leaders singled out the Central Australian group to welcome them and thank them for travelling a long distance to their lands.

Central Australia was strongly represented with seven female delegates presenting four papers and hosting two two-hour sessions.

This contribution to the conference enriched knowledge of Central Australia and the diverse cultural groups and projects and activities across the region. The group also met with community leaders, researchers and people active in the protection and maintenance of Indigenous peoples’ environmental rights, land and natural resource management and ethnobiology.

The trip was the result of a collaboration between the CLC, CSIRO, Alice Springs Desert Park and Charles Darwin University.

There was an emphasis on including a youth perspective from Central Australia and Lorraine King and Jessie Bartlett gave a youth perspective on Indigenous Ecological Knowledge to the conference.

Other papers included commercial harvesting of bush foods, education and the benefits of country visits and Arandic bird signs.