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Australian Centre for China in the World

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Join Dr Virginia Marshall, the ANU inaugural Indigenous Post-Doctoral Fellow for the ANU Reconciliation Week Lecture, ‘Upstreamers & downstreamers: Promoting investment in First Peoples through the creation of exclusive rights’.

Dr Marshall will discuss her journey of researching her doctorate in law, which commenced during the drought of the Millennium and where Aboriginal water needs were barely mentioned. In contrast, the interests of stakeholder groups, both upstream and downstream, captured the media’s attention. She will discuss how Australian society has failed to recognise First Peoples water rights and interests which span thousands of generations of Aboriginal laws, habitation, scientific observations, adaption and resilience.

In a ‘web’ of relationships, where water is inseparable from land, and underpinned through traditional and revitalised Aboriginal knowledge systems, the question is: Are Australia’s frameworks, laws and policies robust enough to ensure Aboriginal communities can exercise cultural and economic control in light of the principles of self-determination?

The lecture will be followed by light refreshments.

Image courtesy of Bhiamie Eckford-Williamson.

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