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Connecting to Place, Caring for Country

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This workshop explores how human relationships with the living world can form a critical foundation for Australian society.

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** PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS ENTIRELY ONLINE, VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCING**

In this workshop, we focus on how human relationships with the living world can form a critical foundation for broader societal change and governance stability. By bringing together Aboriginal philosophy and law, with Western critiques of the current governance system, this workshop focuses on how ancient and emerging place-based approaches can offer an effective, practical, compassionate and successful future for Australia.

The need for new approaches to social and environmental governance has never been greater. Governance structures at the local, national and global level are faltering in the face of multiple challenges, including climate change, the perceived failures of democracy, increasing social and economic inequities - and more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Australia, our summer of devastating bushfires has pushed communities to their limits and forced many of us to reflect on our how we live on this continent.

The afternoon workshop includes presentations and discussions, to engage us all in the important work of reflecting on who we are, how we fit into the interconnected community of life, and the types of changes we can make in our individual, community and collective lives, to build a stronger, healthier and more resilient society.

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

The workshop is presented by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA – www.earthlaws.org.au) and newly created not-for-profit organisation “Future Dreaming Australia” (www.futuredreaming.org.au).

PROGRAM

12.50 - 1.00pm - log into zoom link, so we can start on time at 1pm

1.00 - 1.15pm - Welcome and introductions

1.15 - 2.00pm - INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHIES AND GOVERNANCE FOUNDATIONS OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES IN AUSTRALIA. Dr Mary Graham will give a presentation about Aboriginal Philosophy, the Relationist Ethos, Aboriginal First Laws and how these philosophies and laws shaped Aboriginal society

2.00 - 2.30pm - INTRODUCTION TO EARTH JURISPRUDENCE AND WESTERN RESPONSES TO EARTH CENTRED GOVERNANCE – Dr Michelle Maloney provides a critique of human-centred, pro-growth Western law and governance, and will discuss how the philosophies and approaches of settler societies are being challenged by Earth centred ideas, laws and practices

2.30 - 2.50pm – Short break (everyone can stretch and make a cuppa tea in the comfort of their own homes!)

2.50 - 3.20pm – CARING FOR COUNTRY. Ross Williams will give a presentation about how different First Nations Peoples across Australia connect with and care for country.

3.20 - 4.00pm - FIRE COUNTRY - Barry Hunter, Djarnda Enterprises, will talk about the relationship between fire management and caring for country in Australia.

4.00pm - 4.30pm Discussion (Questions and discussion will take place all afternoon, but this final session will be devoted to deeper discussions)

** PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS ENTIRELY ONLINE, VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCING**

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All proceeds from the workshop go to supporting the work of Future Dreaming Australia (www.futuredreaming.org.au), a new not-for-profit organisation created by Indigenous and non-indigenous partners that works to increase cross-cultural collaboration to Care for Country.

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