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# Welcome
  We would like to welcome you to the 2008 National Native Title Conference, Perth. This year’s conference promises to be one of our most exciting and rewarding ones ever, as about 500 of our colleagues and friends join us and the Noongar people in discussions and presentations about some of the major opportunities and challenges affecting native title practice

As we head into the 2008 conference, it is timely for us to reflect on the year that was and the years to come. Over the years we have seen a lot of changes in Native Title and we are sure we will see more in the years to come.  This year the Noongar people wish for this year’s conference to focus on Koorah, Yira, Boordah – ‘Past, Present, Future’ through Leadership, Economic Development, Land and Culture. We want to talk about such things as:

  • Developing young leaders
  • Women’s perspectives on native title
  • Negotiation, mediation and conflict
  • Land and water management
  • Governance - a national voice
  • Indigenous representation
  • Partnerships
  • Economic development
  • Collective enterprise and private wealth
  • Government and native title
  • Reconciliation
  • Developments in law, policy and practice

The conference will examine how native title can recognise and strengthen the fabric of Indigenous nations: acknowledge the past, respect the people of today and their struggle for recognition, and build a future.  

This year also marks a significant year for the Native Title Research Unit (NTRU) at AIATSIS, who are celebrating their 15th birthday. The NTRU would like to celebrate their enduring contribution to providing research, information, resources and networks for the native title sector. 

The conference continues to provide a rare opportunity for all involved in native title to come together and engage critically and collegially with the rapidly evolving practice of native title. We hope you find your participation a rewarding experience, and that together we can make the business of native title more meaningful to the dynamic cultures of Indigenous people in today’s world. 

On behalf of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) we are pleased to welcome you to the 9th National Native Title Conference, Noongar Boodja, Perth, Western Australia. 

Professor Mick Dodson                                 Mr Ted Hart


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