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  • Pre-conference workshops for native title representative bodies, native title service providers (staff, executive and members) and native title groups will be held on Tuesday 3 June 2008 (9.00am-5.00pm).

  • The Public Program will commence with a Welcome Ceremony from 5.30pm on Tuesday 3 June 2008.

  • The Conference program will commence at 9am on Wednesday 4 June 2008 with sessions finishing at 5.00pm and continuing at 9am on Thursday 5 June 2008  concluding at 5.00pm.

  • The Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 5 June 2008 at 7:30pm.

Conference Programs

See below for further program details.

Pre-Conference Workshops

9.00am – 5.00pm Tuesday 3 June 2008

Native title representative bodies, native title service providers and native title groups only

Delegates from native title representative bodies (NTRBs), native title service providers (NTSPs) and native title groups are invited to participate in pre-conference workshops. Participation in these workshops is restricted to NTRB, NTSP delegates and native title groups only and will be conducted by NTRB/NTSP staff for NTRB/NTSP staff, executives and members. These workshops will cater for the various areas of interest and expertise within NTRBs/NTSPs. Key to the success of the workshops is the free and open dialogue and sharing of knowledge. Delegates can register between 4.00pm – 6.00pm on Monday 2 June 2008 or between 8.00am – 9.00am on Tuesday 3 June 2008

Welcome Ceremony

5.30pm – 7.00pm Tuesday 3 June 2008

Native Title Conference 2008 Public Program

9.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 June 2008

The Native Title Conference is open to members of the general public who have registered. On these two days, keynote lectures and papers will be presented by native title holders and claimants, practitioners, NTRB/NTSP staff, researchers, government representatives, academics and others.  The full program will be provided to delegates at the Registration Desk.

The Mabo Lecture

9.00am WEDNESDAY 4 June 2008

2008 Mabo Lecture

Mrs. Bonita Mabo will give opening remarks

Chief Judge Joe Williams, te Rōpū Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi (Waitangi Tribunal, New Zealand)

The inaugural Mabo Lecture was delivered by Noel Pearson at the 2001 Native Title Conference which was held in Townsville. Since the 2003 Native Title Conference, the Mabo Lecture has become an annual event. Past presenters of the Mabo Lecture are Noel Pearson (2001 & 2003), John Borrows (2004), Aden Ridgeway (2005), Galarrwuy Yunupingu (2006) and Professor Michael Dodson (2007). 

Koiki (Eddie) Mabo (1937-92) was born on the island of Mer (also known as Murray Island) in the Torres Strait. As a young man Eddie moved to mainland Queensland working in and around Townsville. Eddie Mabo helped found Townsville’s Aboriginal and Islander Health Service and the Townsville Black Community School. At a land rights conference in Townsville in 1981, Eddie and other Murray Islanders decided to begin legal proceedings to have the traditional ownership of their land recognised by the Courts. Their claim was lodged with the High Court on 20 May 1982. On June 3rd 1992, six months after Eddie Mabo’s death, the High Court handed down its decision in favour of Mabo and his fellow plaintiffs. This was the first recognition of native title in Australia.

Indigenous Talking Circles

Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 June 2008

The Indigenous Talking Circles are an important part of the conference program.  These sessions provide an opportunity for Indigenous delegates to talk among themselves about the impact of the native title process on their communities.  The sessions are not open to non-Indigenous delegates. See the programs for session times.


wednesday 4 - Thursday 5 June 2008

NNTC Policy Table

A session at the end of each day has been set aside for delegates to participate in a round table discussion of issues raised by the conference and to plan for the future of native title for Indigenous peoples. 

Transitioning to the CATSI Act: a practical workshop to get you transitioned to the new law

The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) will present a workshop for Indigenous corporations. 

National Native Title Tribunal forum: Questions & Answers

The Tribunal will conduct an open session with some of its specialist teams including geospatial and research to give an insight into what assistance and information it can provide to all people involved in the native title process.

See workshop abstracts on the speakers page for further workshop details.


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