Indigenous Design Synergies: Brownbag lunch talks

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University of Technology Sydney

15 Broadway

Ultimo, NSW 2007


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UTS School of Design invites you to experience Indigenous Design Synergies, a program beginning with a series of Brownbag lunch talks with Indigenous scholars, designers, creatives, activists, allies and accomplices.

Design language & International Year of Indigenous Languages: 12-1pm Tuesday March 12th

Design family & Country: 12-1pm Wednesday March 13th

Design story and Indigenous Law: 12-1pm Thursday March 14th

We provide a sandwich brownbag lunch please let us know if you have special dietary needs - ALL WELCOME - limited numbers so RSVP ticket here is essential.

Design language & International Year of Indigenous Languages : Nancy Yukuwal McDinny / Jane Vadiveloo / Shannon Foster

Tuesday March 12th, 12-1pm, Building 6, ICE Studio, Level 5, Room 70.1, UTS School of Design,

Garrwa Ngirakar: the living language | Nancy Yukuwal McDinny

Children’s Ground | Jane Vadiveloo

A collaborative manifestation of the Miluni (mud) Songline of the Badu Mangrove forest | Shannon Foster

Design family & Country: Rau Hoskins / Alayah C. Johnson Jennings

Wednesday March 13th, 12-1pm Design Innovation Research Centre, CB15.02.22, 622-632 Harris Street Ultimo, UTS

Rau Hoskins / Alayah C. Johnson Jennings

Our faces in our places - the reclaiming of Māori cultural landscapes in Aotearoa New Zealand | Rau Hoskins

In footsteps of my ancestors | Alayah C. Johnson Jennings

Design story and Indigenous Law: Nancy Yukuwal McDinny / Larissa Behrendt

Thursday March 14th, 12-1pm Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Bldg 10, 235 Jones St, Ultimo

Painting stories of the land: story to protect Country | Nancy Yukuwal McDinny

Indigenous storytelling: decolonizing institutions and assertive self determination – implications for legal practice | Larissa Behrendt

Thanks to UTS School of Design, Ngā Wai a Te Tūī Māori Research Centre, Jumbunna Institute, Institute for Sustainable Futures, Design Innovation Research Centre, Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges, Centre of Social Justice and Inclusion & Children’s Ground.


Rau Hoskins (Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi, BArch, MArch(Hons), Pae Matua Ngā Aho)

UNITEC/Design Tribe

Rau has over 25 years experience working with Māori community-based design projects and has for the past 20 years specialized in the design of Māori educational institutions in the wider Auckland area. In 1997, Rau completed his Master's degree in architecture, culminating in a thesis that focused on the re-emerging role of the Māori architect in relation to the design of Kura Kaupapa Māori. He has also worked extensively as an urban and cultural design consultant, as well as in iwi liaison capacities on a range of large public projects. Rau is a co-opted member of the Housing New Zealand Māori Capability Committee and remains active in Māori housing advocacy and papakāinga design projects. Rau teaches part-time at the Unitec Department of Architecture and, with colleague Carin Wilson, has been active in researching both traditional and hybrid Māori dwelling construction techniques. He presented the 13-part TV series Whare Māori, which won the AFTA for best information programme at the 2012 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards.

Alayah C. Johnson Jennings (Quapaw & Choctaw)

Alayah comes from the Quapaw, Choctaw, and Sac and Fox nations, all based in Oklahoma. Though she has lived in various places in the United States, Alayah currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Alayah is now in her second year of working on her BA at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She studies Native American Studies and Sociology and has a particular interest in Indigenous health. Alayah has completed research on digital storytelling and how her tribal community can transform trauma into hope and resilience by retracing her ancestors’ footsteps. In Footsteps of My Ancestors, Alayah will discuss her personal journey retracing her ancestors’ forced removal route across the south eastern portion of the United States. She will also discuss her personal journey from historical trauma to hope and resilience through walking the trail and through digital storytelling.

Nancy Yukuwal McDinny (Elder Garrwa & Yanyuwa)

Nancy is a Yanyuwa and Garrwa woman, born on Fetrel Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria (NT). Her Aboriginal name is Yukuwal and her skin name is Nangalama. Nancy is an established artist and a respected keeper of language and cultural knowledge. In her paintings she shares resistance histories, Dreaming stories, and the traditions she learnt from her parents and grandparents, including hunting, fishing, and collecting bush tucker. Nancy is an outspoken leader and advocate for her people and Country. She is a major voice in the Indigenous self determination, Frack Free and anti-mining movements; her recent works often depict these themes.

Jane Vadiveloo Children’s Ground

Jane Vadiveloo is the founding CEO of Children’s Ground. She has a Masters in Forensic Psychology and has a 25 year history leading reform and services provision with communities experiencing inequity, disadvantage and trauma. She has lived and worked in the Northern Territory for 23 years. She has worked with First Nations communities, establishing strength and justice based approaches to achieve long term change. In 2000, with the Arrernte people in Central Australia they founded Akeyulerre, one of the first organisations in Australia based on First Nations knowledge systems in traditional healing and wellbeing. Her work with William Tilmouth over 17 years, culminating in the foundation of Children’s Ground. Children's Ground was created to change the system. It is designed with the knowledge and vision of First Nations people at the grass roots and guided by leading international practice and evidence. It is a 25 year approach to ensure that all future generations of children are afforded equity, access and justice to determine their futures - to have quality education, health, social and economic opportunities that privilege their first culture within a global context. Jane was one of the Westpac Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2014.

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt (Eualeyai/Kamillaroi)

Director Research and Academic Programs | Jumbunna Institute UTS

Larissa is the Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and at the Director of Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films, After the Apology and Innocence Betrayed and has written and produced several short films. She won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Documentary.

Shannon Foster (D'harawal)

PhD Candidate/Casual Academic

Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges UTS

Shannon Foster is a D'harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper, artist and interdisciplinary creative practitioner with over twenty years of experience in designing education programs and spaces in prominent learning institutions including Australian Museum, City of Sydney, Sydney Living Museums and Royal Botanic Gardens. Most recently, Shannon has lectured in the UTS School of Architecture in the Masters of Architecture program to collaboratively manifest the Miluni (mud) Songline of the Badu Mangrove forest at Sydney Olympic Park. This project used clay-based robotic 3D printing technologies to create memory spaces that engaged with the local Indigenous stories of the space. Shannon’s doctoral research with the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges (UTS) addresses a large gap in site-specific, Sydney based Aboriginal knowledge and research methodologies. Her work documents the stories and knowledges of her family, the D’harawal people, who have shared the land they know as War’ran (Sydney) with the other local Aboriginal people since time began.

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