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The AIATSIS Summit is being co-convened with the South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS) and Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC) on Kaurna Yerta land at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia.

The Summit theme is: Footprints for the future — Tracking our journey together.

The Summit will provide a unique forum for academics, government, native title, legal experts and community sectors to collaborate in addressing critical and emerging challenges for the native title and research sectors. As well as opportunities to support and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge and governance.

The AIATSIS Summit is a wonderful chance to reconnect with each other and together celebrate Mabo day and National Reconciliation Week as a community in 2021.


Registrations for the AIATSIS Summit are now open.

Packages and registration fees:

  • Full 5-day AIATSIS Summit 2021 package (Mon-Fri) - $1,500
  • National Indigenous Research Conference (NIRC) package (Mon-Wed) - $1,000
  • National Native Title Conference (NTC) package (Wed-Fri) - $1,000
  • 3-day midweek combination package (Tue-Thu) - $1,000
  • Concession Full 5-day AIATSIS Summit 2021 package - $660

Registration tickets are limited and will be issued on a first in first served basis. Registrations close COB 26 May 2021. Further details are available on the registration site.

Event dates:

Adelaide Convention Centre

North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia.

The Summit is a COVID-Safe event.

Stay informed with the latest information from the South Australian government.

Keynote speakers

Daryle Rigney

Daryle Rigney, a citizen of the Ngarrindjeri Nation, is Professor and Director of the Indigenous Nations and Collaborative Futures Research hub in the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology Sydney. He is a board member of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, a member of the Indigenous Advisory Council, Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona, a member of the South Australian Certificate of Education’s Expert Aboriginal Steering Committee and a Senior Fellow, Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity, Melbourne & Atlantic Institute, Oxford University, UK. Daryle’s academic and community work currently focus on developments in Indigenous nation building and governance following colonisation. He has published widely and influentially on these topics.

Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law at UNSW. She is Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and was recently appointed the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law. She was a member of the Referendum Council and the Experts Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples in the Constitution; was an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2011-2016); and is currently a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.

Professor Davis is also a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission and, like any good Queenslander, she supports the North Queensland Cowboys and the Queensland Maroons.

June Oscar

June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD.

She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category. In 2015 June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD.

June has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.

In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University. June was also named the NAIDOC Person of the Year at the 2018 National NAIDOC Awards and in 2019 she was bestowed the honorary role of a Distinguished Fellow of ANZSOG.

June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on 3 April 2017.

Mick Dodson

Emeritus Professor Mick Dodson AM is a Yawuru man and Native Title Holder from Broome (Rubibi) in Western Australia.

Mick is presently the Northern Territory Aboriginal Treaty Commissioner. He was formerly the Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University. He is a Professor (Emeritus) of law at the ANU College of Law. He completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University. Professor Dodson worked with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service from 1976 to 1981, when he became a barrister at the Victorian Bar.

He joined the Northern Land Council as Senior Legal Adviser in 1984 and became Director (CEO) of the Council in 1990. From August 1988 to October 1990, Mick was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody serving in that role in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. He has been a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Advisory Council. He was the first Aboriginal & Torres strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with what was then the Australian Human Right & Equal Opportunity Commission – now the Australian Human Rights Commission.

He is a former member of the New South Wales Judicial Commission and a former special commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia.

Mick Dodson has been a prominent advocate on land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as a vigorous advocate of the rights and interests of indigenous peoples around the world. He was the Co-Deputy Chair of the Technical Committee for the 1993 International Year of the World’s Indigenous People and was chairman of the United Nations Advisory Group for the Voluntary Fund for the Decade of Indigenous Peoples. In January 2005, commenced a 6-year appointment as a member for the Pacific of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. For many years, Mick participated in the elaboration of the text of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP), and the Inter-sessional Working Group of the Human Rights Commission. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration, overwhelmingly in 2007. In 2009, Mick Dodson was named Australian of the Year by the National Australia Day Council.

In 2011-2012, Professor Dodson was the Gough Whitlam & Malcolm Fraser Harvard Chair in Australian Studies and a Visiting Professor, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

About the hosts

Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation

Niina Marni (Kaurna for ‘Hello, how are you?’)

The Kaurna people were officially recognised as the traditional owners of the Adelaide region in 2018, nearly two decades after the native title claim was first made. We acknowledge the leadership of our Kaurna elders and families in securing recognition.

Our native title area runs from Myponga to Lower Light, and from the Adelaide Hills to the coastline and is the first native title determination over a capital city. We hope the ruling will pave the way for traditional owners to gain recognition over their lands and waters within large cities.

Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC is working to build on native title recognition and bring about positive change. 

We look forward to hosting the AIATSIS summit and welcoming you to our Yerta - our country.

About the co-convenors

South Australian Native Title Services

For over a decade, South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS) has successfully facilitated over 30 native title outcomes in our state through negotiation rather than litigation.

In South Australia, a cooperative, strategic approach to native title resolution has been implemented by the Federal Court, South Australian Government and SANTS.

We are proud that South Australia now has over 60% of its area resolved for native title purposes. Much of our work today is to provide support and services to Aboriginal Nations to achieve their aspirations.

We look forward to celebrating and co-convening the country’s biggest native title gathering in Adelaide on Kaurna Yerta land, the first capital city to reach a native title agreement.

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