What is the SNAICC National Conference?

Our National Conference is one of the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, with an average of 1000+ attendees.

It is held to assist with the achievement of the SNAICC vision: an Australian society in which our communities are empowered to determine their own future; where the rights of our children, young people and families are protected, our cultural identity and achievements are valued and our children and families have access to culturally appropriate services.

The conference brings together delegates and speakers from across the country – and around the world – to discuss our challenges and share our knowledge and experiences in raising happy, healthy and confident children in our communities.

It not only provides a powerful and inspiring learning experience for all attendees, but it also provides opportunities to meet and experience the rich cultures of our Aboriginal communities.

Share & celebrate stories

The National Conference provides opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, strengths and successes in child and family services and to share our stories and ideas about what works and how we address our challenges.

Listen, learn & grow

The National Conference provides us with a platform to listen to, learn from and grow our knowledge of Elders, families and communities, to strengthen our connection to culture and to inspire, foster and develop leadership and collective responses.

Inspire action

The National Conference inspires and enables leaders, services and others to act in a way that strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agency, self-determination and cultural connection and to ensure our children and families’ rights are respected and fulfilled.

What to expect at the SNAICC National Conference

The conference program regularly includes keynote speakers and 70+ concurrent sessions, including papers, workshops, yarning circles, displays, poster presentations and exhibitors. The participating representatives come from a variety of agencies and services in Australia and from around the world, including those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, child welfare leaders, practitioners, policymakers, researchers, government and others working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services. Special events and performances are also held throughout the conference.

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