Program and speakers
2022 Summit provisional program now available, along with a selection of plenary speakers and feature panels. More speakers to be announced soon.
Registrations for the Summit are now open for in-person and virtual attendance. There are a variety of different days and combinations to choose from.
The 2022 AIATSIS Summit is being convened in partnership with Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS) and will be hosted by the Kabi Kabi peoples on their traditional Country on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Navigating the spaces in between is this year's theme and foregrounds the brilliance and value of Indigenous ways of knowing and seeing the world.
The annual AIATSIS Summit provides a unique forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, academics, native title stakeholders, legal experts, community and cultural sectors and government to collaborate in addressing current and future challenges. As well, it offers opportunities to support and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge and governance.
The AIATSIS Summit brings together over five days the National Native Title and National Indigenous Research conferences.
Queensland South Native Title Services supports Traditional Owners by providing native title services as prescribed by the Native Title Act, enhancing the capability of Traditional Owners to attain self-determination through the exercise of native title rights and interests, while advocating for reform and improvement of the native title system.
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Theme and sub-themes
Navigating the spaces in between
This year’s theme foregrounds the brilliance and value of Indigenous ways of knowing, seeing and being in the world.
The Summit provides the opportunity to bring things from the periphery into focus, recognising that in these spaces in between there are opportunities for innovation, but also risks and complexity. It invites radical creativity – ‘burning boundaries’ and re-imagining our future. The theme speaks of the importance of relationships and connections, of bonds of trust and reciprocity; it suggests a focus on a journey and destination but also requires us to reflect on where we have come from.
Belonging and identity
Topics under this sub-theme include the centrality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and histories to understanding this country, including:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures in Australia’s national identity and story.
- The place of traditional owners in Indigenous policy and law.
- Privileging Indigenous knowledge in Australian research and cultural institutions.
- Indigenous ideas and approaches to education, science and technological innovations – both new and old.
- Conceptions of tangible and intangible heritage and its protection.
- Contemporary artistic practice and expressions of identity and place.
This sub-theme also includes celebrating Indigenous identity in its complexity, and understanding relationships to mob and place – including responsibilities of membership/citizenship; inclusion, diaspora and resident communities; those connecting back to their heritage and stolen generations.
Connection and interaction
Topics under this sub-theme include connections to country and community and the dynamics of interaction with others and among groups, including:
- Caring for country, getting back on country
- Regional development, cross-jurisdictional and whole-of-country planning
- Models of Indigenous representation and authority
- Treaty-making and diplomacy in agreements and settlements
- Toward self-government and autonomy
- Indigenous leadership success and future challenges across disciplines and sectors
- Building relationships of trust between Indigenous peoples and research, cultural and other institutions.
This sub-theme also encompasses presentations that seek to share local experiences and successes across regions – including international and comparative examples; presenting research results across a range of topics and disciplines; models for recording and sharing knowledge and data.
Topics under this sub-theme focus on the future we are creating and what we need to do to get there, including:
- Reforming social structures and changing societal values.
- Re-examining systems and influences from an Indigenous perspective.
- Indigenous research priorities to meet national and global challenges.
- Decolonising institutions, archives and disciplines.
- Imagining, designing and activating Indigenous structures, systems and ways of doing.
- Models of sustainable development and managing and adapting to ecological change.
- What a post-treaty/self-determined relationship with Australia looks like in practice – locally, and across sectors and institutions.
This sub-theme also provides an opportunity to reflect on the 30 years since the recognition of native title and where we could be in 30 years’ time.
National Native Title Council
The National Native Title Council (NNTC) is the peak body for the native title sector. Through the native title system, they advocate for the rights and interests of all First Nations people.
GLAM Peak brings together the representative bodies for Australia’s galleries, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, cultural heritage organisations and research peak bodies.
Universities Australia is the voice of Australia’s universities. As the peak body for the sector, they advocate the vast social, economic and cultural value of higher education and research to Australia and the world.
Please note: As per the latest Queensland Government directive, it is no longer a requirement of the venue that those attending the Summit in person must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
We encourage you to keep up to date with the Queensland Government’s directives for all the latest information.
Stay up to date with other relevant Australian states and territories travel advice below to ensure you can manage your return travel back home.
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Queensland South Native Title Services
The 2022 AIATSIS Summit is being convened in partnership with Queensland South Native Title Services.
2021 AIATSIS Summit
The 2021 AIATSIS Summit was co-convened with the South Australian Native Title Services and Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation.