Introduction

Charles Darwin University, the Northern Territory Government and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education all have a long history of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities. This Symposium will mark the opening of the new Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education showcasing and celebrating the successful collaborations between Indigenous knowledge and culture authorities, government, industry and the university.

Taking Indigenous knowledge practices seriously respectfully and productively requires careful negotiations. How do we understand Indigenous knowledge? – as something one has or as something one does? Should we understand it in terms of its practice or its content? How is it produced – by discovery? by negotiation? How do we understand its governance – who owns it? On what conditions can it be shared? What ethics and accountabilities are involved? How are its outcomes judged right or wrong, valuable or compromising?

Questions from the government and university side include: How do we recognise and publicise the role of Indigenous knowledge in contemporary central and north Australian life? What is unique about the contributions of Indigenous knowledge to our livelihoods and governance? What have we learnt about the value and the ethics of collaborating with Indigenous knowledge authorities to find ways forward for our communities? How do we develop robust and accountable practices for going on together?

In the 2013 symposium these questions will be addressed in ways which reflect the local and specific nature of Indigenous knowledges in the NT, and the informal and collaborative ways Indigenous peoples continue to contribute to the life of the NT.

Day one: Community Showcase Sunday 21 April

An Open Day to showcase how Indigenous people use their traditional knowledge systems to develop and grow business enterprises and employment opportunities.

Activities will include displays, panel discussions, demonstrations and entertainment featuring local Indigenous artists.

This is a free event and no registration is required.

Venue: Blue 2, Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus, Darwin NT.

Day two: Symposium Forum Monday 22 April

Addresses by leading academics from the NT, interstate and NZ including a panel discussion by academics and Indigenous elders.

This is a free event and registration is required as seating is limited.

Venue: Red 7, Mal Nairn Auditorium, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus, Darwin NT.