April 2016 World Indigenous Women's Conference

@JCU April 2016 World Indigenous Women's Conference

APRIL 2016 WORLD INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S CONFERENCE - 12th-14th September

Indigenous Conference Services (ICS Australia) proudly unveils this year’s successful papers for its 2016 World Indigenous Women’s Conference scheduled for the 12th – 14th September this year at the Stamford Beach Hotel Glenelg Adelaide in South Australia. More than 50 percent of the submitted papers accepted were from grassroots community organizations which clearly indicates the strong interests and dedication of community organizations and service providers working together to improve Indigenous women’s wellbeing.

Among our international First Nations keynote speakers are Metis activists and human rights advocates, MURIEL STANLEY VENNE and daughter, RACHELLE VENNE who founded the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) in 1995 and has worked tirelessly to defend the interests and rights of Aboriginal women, children and family. Muriel is a member of the Order of Canada (2007), received various national awards and named one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta Venture magazine (2006.)

Similarly, DR. NINA SIVERTSEN is an international Indigenous Sea-Sámi Nurse from Northern Norway and works as a lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Her work focuses on women’s empowerment and leadership. With her PhD about Indigenous identity and historical biography of a travelling midwife from the arctic wilderness, she aims to contribute to the growing literature of Indigenous research by Indigenous researchers in a global context.

  • HON. LINDA BURNEY is one of the national keynote speakers. Linda is of Wiradjuri descent, grew up in a small farming community near Leeton and is one of the 'Stolen Generations' of Aboriginal children. Since her election for Canterbury 2003, she has been a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Children and Young People 2003-04 and the Legislation Review Committee in 2004.In addition to the featured speakers and after due deliberation, the following presenters and their respective papers had been accepted for presentation during the 2016 World Indigenous Women’s Conference:
  • REGINA RICHARDSON is a proud Yamatji woman of the Amangu group in the mid-west region of Western Australia. She is also an Amangu Native Title Working Group member. Regina currently works at the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre as a mentor to a group of Aboriginal women.
  • SUSAN MOYLAN-COOMBS is the Founder & Director of Leader for Change and leads the projects undertaken by the Gaimaragal Group. A First Australian, Susan’s ancestry is Woolwonga and Gurindji from the Northern Territory. She will be co-presenting with ELIZA PROSS, Leader for Change Consultant and is a Gaimariagal resident, and Yuin/Palawa woman from Southern NSW and Tasmania. Eliza has an extensive work history in  community care, disability and mental health sectors and in international community development projects.
  • WENDY WATEGO is the Co-Founder and National Program Director of STARS Institute of Learning and Leadership. Wendy began her professional life as a pre-school educator, became the first Black woman  Principal of Bwgcolman School on Palm Island, a leadership coach, author and healer. Wendy’s mother’s mob are Goenpil, Nughie, Noonuccal people from Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island and her dad’s family are Aboriginal and proud South Sea Islanders from New Caledonia.
  • LUITA CASEY is currently working as an Aboriginal Women's Health Nurse with the Women's Health Network. She will be presenting a pilot program entitled, ‘Engaging Aboriginal Women to participate and tell their stories about what they feel cultural safety means to them”.

It is encouraging to see government, non-government organizations and grassroots communities join forces with us in choosing the agenda. This event is about sharing of information on successful Indigenous women programs being implemented in all corners of the world and offers interagency networking either at a local country, state, national and international levels. We encourage anyone interested in attending the conference to register early as numbers are filling fast! To register, please visit the event’s website: www.indigenousconferences.com or email us at adminics@iinet.net.au