The ‘BE BOLD, BE BRAVE: Treaty, self-determination and the public sector’ conference was held on the 20th November at the Aborigines Advancement League in Thornbury. The conference was organised by the IPAA Victoria’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee, who designed the conference theme and objectives.
The conference was another part of a suite of IPAA Victoria initiatives aiming to bring together Aboriginal and other staff working across the public purpose sector, focusing on building skills and resources for the public purpose sector to enable and advance Aboriginal self-determination.
IPAA Victoria was delighted to have the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher AO as the keynote speaker who talked about treaty, ongoing resilience and the next steps for self-determination for Aboriginal peoples in Victoria. The conference also had three different panel sessions;
The first - ‘Working and walking in two worlds’ led by Elly Patira, Indi Clarke, Angela Singh and Terry Garwood;
the second, ‘Applying lessons from the past’ was led by Andrew Jackomos and Lois Peeler; and
the third panel ‘Building support and culture in the workplace’ led by Belinda Duarte and David Nicholson.
Additionally, there was a participatory workshop on wellness and connection with Jacara Egan.
Throughout the day, speakers and participants were engaged and challenged by conference facilitator Professor Gregory Phillips, who encouraged them to continue Aboriginal cultural learning, seize the opportunity offered by the treaty process to eliminate racism in Victoria’s institutions and systems and create a more just society for all.
The conference ended with a networking opportunity for people across the public purpose sector to engage and discuss the perceptive and intelligent words they had heard throughout the day.
While IPAA Victoria are still collating feedback from the event, there has been an overwhelming positive response to the conference. The following is just some of the formal feedback IPAA Victoria have received so far.
“Good to see events at community venues and supporting them”.
“The comments and perspectives of all participants - speakers and panel members, was invaluable and thought provoking for my work which includes engaging with Traditional Owners”.
“Excellent speakers who talked from the Heart and laid down a challenge for the Victorian Public Sector to better engage with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Communities”.
“I wasn't sure what to expect and was very impressed, particularly with the morning's sessions. The speakers' candour and enthusiasm was infectious”.
Thank you to all the speakers, attendees, and IPAA Victoria’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee.