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We met on Noongar boodja for the AIATSIS Summit 2023, co-convened with South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.

The 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.

South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council

The South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) is the central services corporation providing support to the regional corporations to implement the South West Native Title Settlement. The Settlement is the largest native title settlement in Australian history, affecting an estimated 30,000 Noongar people and encompassing approximately 200,000 square kilometres in the South West, and has been described as 'Australia's First Treaty'. SWALSC works to advance economic and social outcomes for Noongar people, to assist traditional custodians with the planning, management and use of their land and waters, and to support and inspire a strong and unified Noongar nation.

This event has now concluded.


Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Program, Speakers, Report

Themes and sub-themes

Navigating the spaces in between

This year’s theme, Navigating the spaces in between, continues the conversation from the Summit 22 and expands on the brilliance and value of Indigenous ways of knowing, seeing and being in the world.

The Summit program provides the opportunity to bring things from the periphery into focus, recognising that in these spaces in-between there are opportunities for innovation, risks, and complexity. The program will explore radical creativity and how we can re-imagine our future.

The theme speaks to the importance of relationships and connectivity, of bonds of trust and reciprocity; it suggests a focus on a journey and a destination and encourages time for reflection of where we have come from.


Thanks to all our sponsors for supporting the 2023 AIATSIS Summit

Principal sponsors

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Major sponsors

Supporting sponsors

Youth delegate sponsors

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Gala Dinner sponsor

Elders Lounge sponsor

Coffee cart sponsor

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Weaving sponsor

Noongar boodja

Noongar boodja (Country) covers the entire south-western portion of Western Australia.

Noongar means ‘a person of the south-west of Western Australia,’ or the name for the ‘original inhabitants of the south-west of Western Australia’, one of the largest Aboriginal cultural blocks in Australia.

The boundary commences on the west coast at a point north of Jurien Bay, proceeds roughly easterly to a point approximately north of Moora and then roughly south-east to a point on the southern coast between Bremer Bay and Esperance.

There is no evidence that there has been any other group than Noongar in the South-West. Archaeological evidence establishes that we Noongar have lived in the area and had possession of tracts of land on Country for at least 45,000 years.

This is the story of the Noongar people's fight to have their native title rights recognised in the south west, which resulted in the South West Native Title Settlement. This Settlement formally recognises that, since time immemorial, the Noongar people have maintained a living cultural, spiritual, familial and social relationship with Noongar boodja. Courtesy of South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.


Last updated: 04 December 2023