The 2017 National Constitutional Convention at Uluru brought together over 250 Indigenous leaders to discuss approaches to constitutional reform. That conference saw the making of the Uluru Statement From the Heart which set out the aspirations for Aboriginal people for Constitutional recognition, agreement making and truth telling about Indigenous history. But how was consensus reached? What happened during that journey? And more importantly, how can we learn from this achievement and apply it to other challenges faced by the Indigenous community?
The processes of nation building and treaty making that are currently being undertaken in a number of communities and jurisdictions also create challenges for the design of processes that can be inclusive and can facilitative of community consensus.
The Judicial Commission of NSW is partnering with the Law Society of NSW and the NSW Bar Association to organise this one-day symposium to facilitate communication between judicial officers, lawyers, and Aboriginal community members.
Join us for a conversation on the making of the Uluru Statement, the mechanisms used to engage in dialogue and other approaches to similar issues.
Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW and Professor of Law, UNSW Law
Professor Mick Dodson AM, Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner
Ms Jill Gallagher AO, Commissioner, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
Mr Sean Gordon, Chair, Uphold & Recognise and former Chief Executive Officer with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
Mr Anthony McAvoy SC, Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owner, barrister and native title law expert
Professor Daryle Rigney, University of Technology Sydney (former Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science at Flinders University)
Mr Damein Bell, CEO, Gunditj Mirring Aboriginal Corporation
Ms Teela May Reid, lawyer and human rights advocate
Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Professor, UNSW Law and Associate Dean (International & External Engagement)
Matthew Walsh, Executive Manager, Jumbunna Research, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research
Mr Thomas Mayor, National Indigenous Officer, CFMEU and former Uluru Working Group Co-chair
Mr Arthur Moses, President of the Law Council of Australia