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The AIATSIS Summit provides a unique forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, leaders, and youth along with Academics, Native Title stakeholders, legal experts, GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector and government representatives to come together and collaborate on the issues that matter most to First Nations peoples. 

As one of the largest conferences of its kind, the Summit also offers opportunities to support and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge and governance and provides a forum to network and establish new relationships.

The Summit incorporates a three-day native title component (3 to 5 June) and youth forum (4 to 6 June) with Indigenous research and GLAM discussions held across the week.  

Summit co-convenor

The 2024 Summit will be convened in partnership with First People’s Assembly of Victoria (FPAV) who is the democratic voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the journey to Treaty in Victoria.

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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2024 AIATSIS Summit Call for Abstracts and Call for Posters is now open.

The Summit 2024 theme is Celebrating Indigenous Brillance: Then and Now. This theme is a tribute to the enduring legacy of this longest living culture, which has continued to evolve and thrive in the modern world.  

The theme emphasises the importance of preserving traditional knowledge and practices while embracing contemporary ways. Summit 2024 hopes to foster greater understanding, respect, and appreciation for the unique contributions of our First Nations people and communities. 

Presenters and speakers will be required to base their presentations around this theme, highlighting the diverse aspects of cultural resilience.

Theme - Celebrating Indigenous Brilliance: Then and Now

Cultural Resilience: Exploring how Indigenous cultures have withstood the test of time, adapting and evolving while maintaining core values, practices, and knowledge systems.

Intergenerational Wisdom: Recognizing the invaluable knowledge and stories handed down from elders and ancestors and how they shape the present and future.

Connection to Land and Country - Native Title: Understanding the deep spiritual and cultural connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with their ancestral lands and waters and how it influences their ways of being, knowing, and doing.

Rights, Recognition and Representation: Leveraging Traditional Owner rights for recognition and representation, locally, regionally and nationally.

Language and Oral Traditions: Exploring the significance of Indigenous languages and oral traditions as vessels of cultural heritage, identity, and knowledge transmission.

Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Showcasing the diverse ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples engage with their environment, including traditional ecological knowledge, astronomy, healing practices, and more.

Contemporary Innovations: Celebrating the contemporary contributions and innovations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in various fields, including arts, education, health, science, economic development and governance. 

Abstract submissions will close on Sunday, 10 March 2024. For more information about the Call for Abstracts or Call for Posters, please follow the links below. 

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Last updated: 01 March 2024