CARN Seminar: Seminar: International Network for Indigenous Ecological Farmers Walking Workshop - Taiwan 2016


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Presenter:  Northern Institute researchers Dr. Judith Lovell and Dr. Benxiang Zeng and Theresa Alice, an educator and designer of cultural curricula in central Australia

Date: Apr 29, 2016

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Contact person:  Judith Lovell
T: +61 08 8959 5316
E: judith.lovell@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Alice Springs

The International Network of Indigenous Ecological Farmers (INIEF) Walking Workshop and Alliance Meeting: took place in Taiwan from 10-21 March 2016 and Northern Institute researchers took part. Indigenous farmers and scholars from 12 Indigenous groups in eight countries: Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, Malaysia, India, Papua New Guinea and Taiwan, with around 20 different languages, gathered in Taiwan travelling to more than 10 Indigenous communities in Taiwan, to share our experiences around the topics of food sovereignty and climate change, our search for ecological farming techniques, our struggles for territory and the defence of our culture, our ways of teaching and learning. The group met in the field, discussed in the forest, shared their knowledge in deep mountains. The workshop led to The Taiwan Declaration of Indigenous Ecological Farmer, which was read at the closing ceremony in Taipei by Theresa Alice, an East Arrernte woman from Alice Springs. The Australian team included Northern Institute researchers Dr. Judith Lovell and Dr. Benxiang Zeng and Theresa Alice, an educator and designer of cultural curricula in central Australia. We shared our knowledge and efforts in regional economic development in Indigenous communities, Indigenous education, Indigenous traditional knowledge transmission, and Australian Indigenous people’s perspectives on land, food and culture.