First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform

Thu May 09 2019
Exchanging Ideas: First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform, Nation Building and Treaty Making Processes

The Judicial Commission of NSW is partnering with the Law Society of NSW and the Bar Association to organise a one-day conference on Saturday, 15 June 2019 to facilitate communication between judicial officers, lawyers, and Aboriginal community members.

The 2017 National Constitutional Convention at Uluru brought together over 250 Indigenous leaders to discuss approaches to constitutional reform. That conference saw the making of the Uluru Statement From the Heart which set out the aspirations for Aboriginal people for Constitutional recognition, agreement making and truth telling about Indigenous history. But how was consensus reached? What happened during that journey? And more importantly, how can we learn from this achievement and apply it to other challenges faced by the Indigenous community?

The processes of nation building and treaty making that are currently being undertaken in a number of communities and jurisdictions also create challenges for the design of processes that can be inclusive and can facilitative of community consensus.

Join us for a conversation on the making of the Uluru Statement, the mechanisms used to engage in dialogue and other approaches to similar issues. Register here

Date and time: Saturday 15 June 2019, 10:00am – 4:30pm

Venue: Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney (Admission is complimentary, however registrations must be received by 10 June 2019) *5 CPD Points

Speakers include:

  • Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW and Professor of Law, UNSW Law
  • Professor Mick Dodson AM, Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner
  • Ms Jill Gallagher AO, Commissioner, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
  • Mr Sean Gordon, Chair, Uphold & Recognise and former Chief Executive Officer with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Mr Anthony McAvoy SC, Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owner, barrister and native title law expert
  • Professor Daryle Rigney, University of Technology Sydney (former Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science at Flinders University)
  • Mr Damein Bell, CEO, Gunditj Mirring Aboriginal Corporation
  • Ms Teela May Reid, lawyer and human rights advocate

*CPD Units – If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.

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