This year’s title ‘strong culture, strong country, strong future’ is reflected in the following themes:
Being on country
Having access to opportunities, resources and infrastructure to be back on land and sea country is a critical part of strengthening culture as well as health and wellbeing. Being of Country focuses on pathways for being back on country and the multiple ways in which traditional owners are reasserting culture and community.
Practising and learning culture
Reconnecting younger generations with the knowledge’s of senior elders is a key priority for many traditional owner groups. Practising and learning culture focuses on cultural transmission and practice as not only a key native title right but also a way of strengthening connection to family and country.
Holding title; being sovereign
As we move into the ‘post-determination era’ many questions are being asked about what holding native title means in the context of competing legal and policy regimes. Holding title; being sovereign is about strengthening the ability of traditional owners to assert their rights and interests through everyday practice.
Community and commerce
Native title is both a commercial opportunity and a non-commercial bundle of rights. An emerging challenge is how commercial opportunities can be pursued in a way that is consistent with traditional owner priorities and aspirations. Community and commerce focuses on the innovations that traditional owners have pursued in order to bring economic benefit to their communities.
Just recognition; just settlement
As momentum builds toward a referendum on constitutional recognition, Indigenous peoples are also seeking local and regional recognition of their cultural, social and economic aspirations. Just recognition; just settlement explores how First Nations and the Australian people can reach a just settlement and forge respectful coexistence.
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