United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz was appointed as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples by the Human Rights Council in 2014.
In the fulfilment of her mandate, she conducts fact-finding missions and reports on the human rights situation in specific countries, addresses cases of alleged violations of the rights of indigenous peoples through communications with Governments and others, promotes good practices to implement international standards concerning the rights of indigenous peoples and conducts thematic studies on topics of special importance to the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.
She is an indigenous leader from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. As an indigenous activist, she has worked for over three decades on building movement among indigenous peoples and as an advocate for women’s rights.
Ms. Tauli-Corpuz is the former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2005-2010) has served as the chairperson-rapporteur of the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. As an indigenous leader, she was actively engaged in drafting and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. She has founded and managed various NGOs involved in social awareness raising, climate change and the advancement of indigenous peoples’ and women’s rights and she is a member of United Nations Development Programme Civil Society Organizations Advisory Committee.
In her capacity as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz has provided expert testimony before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and policy advice to inter alia the World Bank and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
PhD (Indigenous Studies), M. Phil (Social Work), Post Grad Dip (Social Policy & Social Work), B.A (Māori), Registered Social Worker NZ, MANZASW, Tangata Whenua Social Worker Association (TWASWA)
Moana is an indigenous Māori woman of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Rangiwewehi tribal descent. Eldest of 3 sisters, Mother of 2 boys (and many other family members she cares for). More than 30 year’s experience in social and community work including child protection, family violence prevention and Tribal research. Her working career and vision has been spent committed to strengthening family, child safety and wellbeing, reclaiming and application of indigenous frameworks and practices in social and community work, social justice, human rights and the development of Māori and indigenous people. She is Poutaki Maori (Principal Advisor Māori), Office of the Chief Social Worker, Oranga Tamariki: Ministry for Children, Wellington.
Professor Fiona Arney
Co-Director, Australian Centre for Child Protection
University of South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
Prof Fiona Arney is the Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia. She is dedicated to discovering alternative, evidence based approaches to the prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect, She has evaluated and supported more than 50 programs in child welfare and has a particular interest in working in remote, regional and urban settings with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Fiona has won numerous awards for community engagement, contributions to child health and for women in leadership. She has more than twenty five years’ research experience in the fields of parenting support, child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, and child protection research. Fiona has provided support to numerous child protection inquiries, led significant committees and has guided system reform efforts in a number of jurisdictions.
Natalie Lewis is a descendant of the Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi) Nation and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak. Natalie serves on the board of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and is Chair of the national Family Matters campaign. She holds appointments on the Qld Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council, Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse Steering Committee and the Queensland Policy Leaders Forum. As a member a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, Natalie remains strongly involved in the implementation of the reform agenda.
Natalie’s experience has been called upon in Queensland and the US in the areas of youth justice and child protection, providing direct service, program and policy development and organisational leadership over the past 20 years. Natalie is also a finalist for the 2018 Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award.
CEO, Healing Foundation
Richard Weston is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait. He has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for more than 20 years, 14 of these in Indigenous controlled health services in Far West New South Wales and Queensland.
As CEO of the Healing Foundation since September 2010 Richard has overseen the strategic development of the organisation, which has supported more than 175 culturally strong, community led Indigenous healing projects around Australia; assisting more than 45,000 community members and 7000 Stolen Generations survivors along their healing journey.
During his 13 years at Maari Ma Health in Far West NSW including nine years as CEO (2000-2009), Richard led the delivery of high quality health care and improved health outcomes for adults and children alike in a remote region known for the poor health status of its population. During this time Maari Ma won five NSW health awards and a national health award.
Richard is a member of the National Health Leadership Forum and the Close the Gap Working Group. He is also an advisory committee member for the National Empowerment Project and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project.
June Oscar AO
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberly region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD.
She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category. In 2015 June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD.
June has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.
In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University. June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on April 3, 2017.
Dr Brian Babington
Chief Executive Officer, Families Australia
Dr Brian Babington has worked for over three decades for stronger communities, families and individuals in Australia and developing countries, particularly in Asia. Since 2005, he has been the CEO of Families Australia, a national, not-for-profit peak body that advises the Australian Parliament and Government on ways to improve the wellbeing of families and children who experience disadvantage and marginalisation. He plays leadership roles in national and international community development and rights bodies, including as Convenor of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing, a Director of an international child-centred community development agency, Plan International Australia, and Deputy Chair of Communities@Work (ACT). He is also the founding editor of the Indonesian Orphanages Research Hub, a web-based resource that focuses attention on the wellbeing of children living in Indonesian orphanages.
Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett
Hon DLitt SW AO
Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett OA is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman who has been the CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency since 1999. She is currently Chairperson of SNAICC and active in over 30 advisory groups concerning the Aboriginal community, including the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group; Aboriginal Family Violence Steering Committee; Victorian Children’s Council; Aboriginal Justice Forum; and the Aboriginal Community Elders Service, to name just a few. Muriel was heavily involved in the Northern Territory Child Protection Inquiry from 2009-11.
Muriel’s contributions have been recognised in a number of awards including a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours for her services to the community. In 2011, Muriel was inducted into the 2011 Victorian Honour Roll of Women and was a finalist for a Human Rights Medal with the Australian Human Rights Commission.
In 2017, Muriel was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in Social Work by the University of Sydney in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Aboriginal child and family welfare.
Dr Hannah McGlade is a Nyungar human rights lawyer and academic who has published widely on many aspects of Aboriginal human rights issues, especially those affecting the lives of Aboriginal women and children. Hannah received the Stanner Award for her Ph.D and authored Our Greatest Challenge: Aboriginal children and human rights. At present, Hannah is the Senior Indigenous Research Fellow at Curtin University and also a member of the Noongar Child Protection Council, the Aboriginal Family Law Service and the Djinda Family Services.
As the first Aboriginal woman to graduate from a Western Australian law school in 1995, Hannah has been active in law reform, advocacy and community development. In recognition of her outstanding work in the Noongar community, including in relation to the repatriation of the former Sister Kate’s Children Home lands, Hannah received the 2008 WA NAIDOC Outstanding Achievement Award.
In 2016 Hannah (who holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law) was appointed the Senior Indigenous Fellow at the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, during which time she assisted with the work of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and presented to the Human Right Council. She has advocated and appeared before a number of UN human rights bodies, including the UN Committee on the Elimination of Race Discrimination (2017) where she represented Aboriginal child rights and also as an advisor to the Australian Law Reform Commission 2017 Inquiry into Indigenous incarceration which has called for a national review into Aboriginal children and out-of-home care.
Senator Rachel Siewert
Rachel is the Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services, mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander issues and ageing. She is Greens Whip and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee. Rachel’s position as Chair of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee has enabled her to bring light to landmark issues such as; aged care, suicide prevention, petrol sniffing, hearing health, income inequality, forced adoptions and out of home care.
Senator Rachel Siewert has been in Parliament for over 13 years, making her the most experienced MP of the Australian Greens.
Chief Executive – Department for Child Protection, South Australia
Cathy was appointed as Chief Executive to lead the new Department for Child Protection (DCP) in South Australia in October 2016. Cathy joined the department from Queensland where she was Deputy Director-General, Child Family and Community Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services from 2013 to 2016. This role saw her lead the development and implementation of strategic policy and program initiatives including the response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry 2013 and the Bryce Taskforce on Responses to Domestic and Family Violence 2015.
Cathy brings more than 15 years’ experience as a senior public servant in Queensland working in and across strategic policy, legislative reform, planning and service delivery roles in the areas of child protection, youth justice, disability services and domestic violence. Cathy has undergraduate qualifications in law and postgraduate qualifications in law and public administration including an Executive Masters of Public Administration (EMPA), ANZSOG.
Cathy has previously held the position of Director of ANROWS – Australia’s National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety and is currently Chair, National Forum for Protecting Australia’s Children.
In 2018 Cathy was appointed to the ANZSOG Alumni Advisory Council.
Cultural showcase at the conference
We are pleased to showcase Adelaide’s amazing local talent with performances from local groups, performers and individuals from South Australian communities at the conference. Artists will be performing prior to the plenary sessions and at our special events.
Master of Ceremonies
Garry Goldsmith will be our host and MC throughout the conference. Garry is a proud Narungga man from Guuranda Djulta (Yorke Peninsula) South Australia. He has worked in the Aboriginal community-controlled sector for more than 20 years and spent the last six years at the Aboriginal Health Council of SA. His current role as CEO for Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation is delivering the historic 10-year Buthera Agreement between his organisation and the South Australian Government.
Garry has worked in community radio for more than 12 years and has hosted numerous local, state and national events. A passionate community-orientated person, Garry founded and delivered the largest single Aboriginal Nation event in South Australia, Gynburra – an annual Narungga festival celebrating Narungga culture across three days.
Mickey Kumpati Marrutya O’Brien
Kaurna Welcome to Country
Mickey Kumatpi Marrutya O’Brien is a Senior Aboriginal Man, descendant of the Kaurna (Adelaide Plains) and Narrunga (York Peninsula) peoples. Mickey has been sharing cultural engagement for a number of years – a role handed to Michael by his Father, Uncle Lewis Yerla Burka O’Brien. It is a position he honours and respects greatly.
Mickey enjoys sharing cultural knowledge and providing Welcome to Country – with people, not at people – and enjoys opportunities to support the Aboriginal community. Travelling across Australia, living and working in a number of Aboriginal communities, Mickey has delivered programs, represented on boards and advisory panels.
He is a recipient of the Rotary Club Courtesy Award for community involvement working with youth. Mickey is also an Australia Day Service Award recipient and is a Foster Parent of 16 years to three beautiful children.
My Father has told me, ‘Aboriginal people have always welcomed people to this country, we just never tils them to go home’.
YELLAKA Old Wisdom New Ways
Smoking Ceremony and Performance
Yellaka is the fusion of ancient traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance, song and storytelling, performed proudly and respectfully by its young Aboriginal members. Fire, water and earth and elements are elaborately interwoven with stories of creation spirits from across this sacred land. Yellaka draws audiences into a warm cultural space, evoking a mesmerising stillness. Cultural and spiritual renewal is at the heart of Yellaka’s sacred circle, where ancient teachings cross into new forms. A Kaurna word meaning Old Wisdom New Ways, Yellaka is led by Karl Winda Telfer, Senior Custodian from the first Dry Forest Clan of the Adelaide Plains Region – an award-winning cultural designer, storyteller, artists, dancer, teacher and accomplished choreographer. Yellaka’s young Aboriginal dancers are aged between 9-23 years old.
Kaurna Plains School
Children from the Kaurna Plains School will entertain delegates with cultural song. The Kaurna Plains School is an Aboriginal school catering primarily for Aboriginal students. The school aims to have a genuine cooperative partnership between the school and the community, and reinforces and maintains feelings, knowledge and understandings about Aboriginality in order to develop in students a sense of pride, confidence and esteem. The school aims to empower students to be culturally strong, confident and successful and to ensure parents and community members are an active part of the school.
Kalaya Children’s Centre
Delegates can also enjoy singing from Kalaya Children’s Centre – a unique, integrated, educational centre within the SA Education Department providing quality long day care and pre-school programs for all children aged six months to six years.
The centre prides itself on offering quality play-based educational programs (rated over all “Exceeding” in 2017) with a responsive focus on Aboriginal culture towards growing Aboriginal leaders of the future. The centre’s core values include warm, respectful and responsive connections with their children, families and the community – recognising the diversity that exists within and between communities through valuing all children’s cultural and social experiences. Kalaya acknowledges and fosters the importance of culture to a child’s sense of self, identity and esteem.
Tal Kin Jeri Dance Group – Four Winds
Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group was founded by in 1997 by world-renowned performer and ambassador Major (Moogy) Sumner AM and Loretta Sumner. The group showcases Aboriginal dance, stories, music, art, language and culture. It provides education and training to promote a better understanding of Aboriginal culture, and in particular Ngarrindjeri culture.
Tal-Kin-Jeri performance reflects the unique river and coastal cultures of the Ngarrindjeri Nations of the Riverlands, Lower Lakes and the Coorong. Traditional cultural and creation stories are depicted in dance and song and audiences can learn and participate in the performance.
The Welcome Reception will take place after various sessions on day one of the conference. This function will provide delegates with the perfect networking opportunity to gain new contacts within the sector and rekindle old acquaintances. The reception will include an acoustic performance from local young performer Nathan May to help us unwind after a long first day.
Multi-talented emerging singer-songwriter Nathan May descends from the Arabana, Yawuru and Marridjabin clans.
Nathan writes in memory of his friends and family and as a reminder that there’s always hope. He sings with a wide-open smile from deep within his soul and has an innate ability to craft songs and express feelings of wide appeal to a broad audience that are way beyond his 23 young years.
In 2014, Nathan was featured in Unearthed, the NITV documentary series focusing on the achievements of young Indigenous Australians around the country. Nathan released his first EP Reflections in early 2016. The EP reflects Nathan’s life journey so far. In early 2017, acclaimed Aboriginal musician/artist, Glenn Skuthorpe chose Nathan as support act and percussionist for his east coast of Australia tour in promoting Glenn’s newly released fifth solo album, See My World. Nathan is looking forward to recording his debut album, for release in early 2018.
Formerly a student at the Centre for Aboriginal Music Studies (CASM) Nathan is now studying Popular Music & Creative Technologies at the University of Adelaide Elder Music Conservatorium.
Bring along your dancing boots ready to yahoo and scoot along to the music of local country rock band The Twang Bangers. With songs from artists including Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Brooke and Dunn, Alan Jackson and many more, this social event is the perfect way to kick up your heels with colleagues and friends, new and old. Plus, you can enjoy more cultural highlights with Karrl Smith, or as he is known by his Kaurna name, Tamaru Kartinyeri
The conference dinner includes a three-course dinner, entertainment and drinks (sparkling wine, wine, beer and soft drinks). Be wined and dined at arguably one of Adelaide’s most iconic venues.
Thursday 5 September
After the closing of the conference, local artists will showcase their wares in the Arts Market. Purchase something unique to take home from artists including Lynette Crocker with weaving and jewellery-making, Janice Rigney and Southern Elders with basket weaving, as well as artwork from Marra Dreaming, Kura Yelro, NAPA, Tandanya and Warraparinga.
Masterclass A: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) Masterclass
Date: Monday 2 September 2019
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm
Costs: Early Bird $125 per person (until 21/6/2019) | Standard $145 per person (after 21/6/2019)
This masterclass aims to increase people’s knowledge and understanding regarding FASD, particularly in the Australian context. We will provide up to date information regarding the assessment and diagnosis of FASD and information regarding supporting individuals with FASD and their families. We will also share information about a current project that is underway in Mount Isa, which aims to increase accessibility of FASD assessment services in the community. This will include the work Dr Page has led to make the assessment process more culturally responsive through the use of ‘dreamtime’ stories, which teach families and professionals about the assessment process and support families on their journey.
Dr Natasha Reid is a Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at the University of Queensland Child Health Research Centre. Natasha’s research is focused on a range of aspects associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) including, prevention, assessment, diagnosis and intervention. Natasha is one of a handful of people who have completed FASD assessment and diagnostic training in Canada, which is the diagnostic system that our Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD is based on. Natasha completed her PhD and worked at the first publicly provided FASD diagnostic service in Australia. Natasha and other staff at UQ have now established the first clinic in Queensland providing assessments for adolescents with FASD. Natasha is passionate about increasing accessibility of services for all neurodevelopmental disorders including FASD, across a range of settings, including youth justice and child protection.
Dr Marjad Page would like to acknowledge and thank his First Nation’s tribes, the Kalkadoon, Waanyi and Ganggalidda people for helping make him who he is and pay respects to the Elders, past, present and future. He would also like to acknowledge all the other First Nation tribes, and non-Indigenous people who have shaped his thoughts and attitudes; and pay respects to those Elders past, present and future. Marjad is known as Machumpa the Kangaroo from his Kalkadoon tribe, and also Milmaja the King Barramundi and Wooloongu the shark as his skin from the Ganggalidda tribe. Marjad is also a proud Christian, which he takes strength from to continue his passion to help people. Marjad is a Rural Generalist Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM). He is a Specialist GP with accredited advanced skills in Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, and extended skills in Palliative Care, Child Heath, Dermatology and recently an Associate Fellowship in Medical Administration. He also have a special interest in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Marjad’s vision is to develop, lead and inspire those wishing to work in rural and remote settings so as to address the disparity of health status especially in regard to neurodevelopmental difficulties, including FASD.
Masterclass B: Nature Pedagogy – More than Nature Play
Date: Monday 2 September 2019
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm
Costs: Early Bird $125 per person (until 21/6/2019) | Standard $145 per person (after 21/6/2019)
“Nature Pedagogy is an understanding of our sense of belonging to land, our sense of working with nature. There is a pedagogical shift when you move outside into nature… it’s learning with nature, not just teaching about it.”
– Claire Warden
As early childhood educators, we need to slow down: watch children fill themselves with all the possibilities of learning with nature and to allow children the time for a childhood full of excitement and joy inside, outside, and beyond. We firmly believe that all children should be able to learn through and with nature, connecting with the world around them and the people that share this space. So how can we learn together with children about this connection to nature and land and use this is an opportunity to develop respectful and reciprocal relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our local context and community?
Join Briony Brooks (Claire Warden Associate Trainer) for this masterclass as we broaden our understandings and move beyond ‘nature play’ and into the realms of ‘nature pedagogy’, and then move from ‘nature pedagogy’ into a meaningful and authentic partnership with the people and world around us. With links to the Curriculum Frameworks of the Early Years Learning Framework, and My Time Our Place, educators will deepen their understanding of a natured approach to teaching and learning with cultural competence, and how educators can facilitate opportunities for children to have authentic and natural learning experiences inside, outside and beyond.
Briony Brooks has been teaching and leading in various SA Preschools and Children’s Centres over the past 20 years. Her experience in facilitating opportunities for children to connect with the land and the natural environment has influenced the vision and values of each centre she has led, with children having opportunities to explore and learn in environments inside, outside and beyond. In her role as a Claire Warden Associate trainer she has worked with sites and teams to develop their understanding of pedagogy, documentation of learning, and using the natural world as a tool for learning, where children build connections with the world around them, learning with and through nature.
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Exhibition Area, Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: Inclusive for full Delegates
Additional Tickets: $77 per person
Dress Code: Smart Casual
The Welcome Reception will take place after sessions on day one of the Conference. This function will provide delegates with the perfect networking opportunity to gain new contacts within the sector and rekindle old acquaintances.
Wednesday 4 September 2019
Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre
Time: 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: $140 per person
Dress Code: Country theme (or smart casual)
The highlight of the Conference, join us for a three-course dinner, entertainment and drinks (sparkling wine, wine, beer and soft drinks). Be wined and dined at arguably one of Adelaide’s most iconic venues.
Limited places are available. It is recommended you book early!
Adelaide Sightseeing is excited to be a touring partner of the SNAICC 2019 Conference. Adelaide Sightseeing are South Australia’s largest and longest serving day tour operator, having been in business for over 30 years. As a South Australian operated company, and part of the SeaLink Travel Group, we take pride in knowing our state well. We offer half day, full day and longer stays through Adelaide and to South Australia’s most popular destinations such as the Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor, McLaren Vale, Murray River, Adelaide City and the Hills & Hahndorf region.
Conference Half Day Cultural Tour
Aboriginal Cultures Gallery
In collaboration with Adelaide Sightseeing, we are pleased to offer a dedicated half day cultural tour just for delegates attending the Conference.
Date: Monday 2nd September 2019
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Pax: Limited 20 pax only
Cost: 95.00 per person (inc GST)
Join your Aboriginal Tour Guide on a trip around Adelaide for an enjoyable and informative tour. Learn about the local Adelaide area and the social history of early Aboriginal life. The half day tour includes a stroll of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Bush Food Trail followed by a visit to the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum.
You can purchase tickets for this optional tour at time of Conference Registration.