On 13-14 August 2019 in Darwin we hosted the...

14th National Indigenous Legal Conference

True Justice: Integrating Indigenous Perspectives

We are incredibly honoured to receive extensive feedback from people across the nation as to the quality and experience of the 14th National Indigenous Legal Conference (NILC). 

 

We are also appreciative of the many organisers and guest speakers who made this experience possible, and to showcase the talent, insights and expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Excellence in Law and Health Justice. 

We look forward to seeing you in the Northern Territory when we next host the NILC.

We thank our sponsors for making this conference possible.

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The 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages session held at the Supreme Court was recorded thanks to the support of the Australian National University College of Law:

Supreme Court session

YouTube video coming soon - Yolngu-matha reverse court role play (we're working on it).

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To find out more about this initiative click here

Thank you to the Aboriginal Interpreter Service for hosting the Yolngu-Matha Reverse Court Role Play 

Conference Program

To view a copy of the program including speaker profiles click the image below.  

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Feedback

"Seriously it was one of the best conferences that I have attended…and I’ve been to a few!" 

(we received similar feedback across the board). 

"The conference was an exceptional showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership, collaboration and talent. The presentations were inspiring, though-provoking and insightful."

"Including the Indigenous Health Justice perspective worked so well.  There are so many intersections between our work and it was great to see this and hear from so many working together."

"The energy and vibe was amazing.  There was so much talent and Black Excellence and the emcees did an incredible job.  It was inspiring to be a part and mobilising for action."

"You guys had great gifts and merch."

Joint Emcees

James Parfitt (Fejo) and Mililma May were exceptional as joint emcees for the conference (see program for bios).  

 
 
 
 

Pics of speakers (more pics to be added in 2020)

Where conference speakers have provided consent we have shared content below.

 

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO VIOLENCE, ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND EXPLOITATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY

Commissioner Andrea Mason OAM

On 5 April 2019, the Prime Minister announced an important Royal Commission into the violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.  The Commission will inquire into the specific experiences of violence against, and abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability as well as make recommendations to implement changes to prevent people with disability experiencing such abuse in the future. 

A key factor in the work of the Royal Commission will be to receive and review the testimony of the people who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in any settings.  This address will provide information on the plans for consultations, hearings and research, as well as how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and organisations can add their critical voice to inform the work of the Commission.

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with DisabilityCommissioner Andrea Mason OAM
00:00 / 32:13

DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH SYSTEMS AND LEGAL AND POLICY RESPONSES

 

Panel

  • Mililma May (Chair)

  • Chris Ronalds SC

  • Jonathon Hunyor

  • Commissioner Sally Sievers

  • Dr Paul Lawton

A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A exploring the legal and policy responses relating to discrimination in the context of health systems and the social determinants of health.

This will be an opportunity to hear from experts in law and discrimination and to discuss perspectives that relate to health. 

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Discrimination in health systems panel .Panel
00:00 / 39:47
 

PERSPECTIVES FROM THE APPLICANT & LEGAL TEAM IN WOTTON V QUEENSLAND (No 5) [2016] FCA 1457

Conference speaker Lex Wotton and family filed a class action on behalf of Aboriginal people who lived on Palm Island against the State of Queensland and the Commissioner of the Police Services, alleging that Police committed acts of unlawful racial discrimination during a week of community unrest after a death in custody.  This case is one of the most significant racial discrimination cases in Australia's history.   

Perspectives from the applicant and legal team in Wotton v Queensland (No 5) [2016] FCA 1457Chris Ronalds SC and Lex Wotton
00:00 / 28:50
 

CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM: A TERRITORY PERSPECTIVE

John Rawnsley

Uluru has a particular meaning for Anangu.  It also has a different and special meaning for all those who know the place and from all who travel from across the globe to see and feel its significance.  And because our experiences are different, this sense of knowing can be different.  There are shifts in the perceptions, understandings, insights and feelings for those who know the place and have witnessed it.  The address will provide a Territory perspective of constitutional reform.  

Constitutional reform: a Territory perspectiveJohn Rawnsley
00:00 / 15:34
 

INTEGRATING INDIGENOUS CUSTOMARY LAW PERSPECTIVES

Dr James Gaykamangu

James was authorised by the Gupapuyngu clan, with the full sanction fo the Yirritja moiety in Ngarra Law (Aboriginal Customary Law) to bring understanding to non-Aboriginal Australians about the Madayin Yolngu system of law.  In doing this, James necessarily works with non-Aboriginal legal systems.  

Integrating Indigenous Customary Law PerspectivesDr James Gaykamangu
00:00 / 22:07
 

WORKING TO INCREASE INDIGENOUS ACCESS TO STUDIES IN LAW: CDU's INDIGENOUS PRE-LAW PROGRAM AND THE BILATA LEGAL PATHWAYS PROGRAM

Hon Trevor Riley QC       |       Ben Grimes

James Parfitt (Fejo)

The Bilata Legal Pathways Program was developed by Aboriginal lawyers and law students and is based on a partnership approach across the legal system with the aim of increasing Indigenous access and participation in the studies and practice of l.aw

As part of this aim, Charles Darwin University put in place an intensive Indigenous Pre-Law Program held over January each year to enable participants to find out more about studying law and to equip them with foundational skills and experience.

This presentation will provide an overview of these programs and will allow for Aboriginal university law students to have a voice about their experiences and challenges. 

Indigenous access to lawJoint presentation
00:00 / 26:31

Winkiku Rrumbangi NT

Indigenous Lawyers 

Representing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Lawyers

& Law Students of the Northern Territory.

 
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Directors at the time of the conference:

David Woodroffe, Stephanie Monck, Brionee Noonan, Jasmin Onus, Tamika Williams, John Rawnsley, Trish Rigby, Micah Kickett, Nick Espie.

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