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Cultural Burning: Evolving with community and Country

South-east Australia Aboriginal Fire Forum | Canberra 10–12 May 2018

What is the future of Aboriginal burning in south eastern Australia?

Hear from First Nations people and professionals speaking about their work in fire to care for Country. This three day event showcases speakers, panel discussions, a field trip and workshops to share and exchange knowledge of cultural ecological practices in different land tenures across south eastern Australia.

This event is a partnership between the Natural Resource Management ACT (ACT NRM) and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) along with the support of local Traditional Custodians to host an Aboriginal Fire Forum in the ACT for interested stakeholders in the region and First Nations people.

Program overview

9 am to 5 pm Thursday: Fire forum, presentations, panels, workshops.

9 am to 5 pm Friday: Fire forum, presentations, panels, workshops.

Saturday: Field trip on Country.

Forum objectives

  • Honour experiences and exchange knowledge about cultural burning across south east Australia and beyond.
  • Hear from First Nations people speaking about their work in fire, ecology, land management and caring for Country.
  • The future of Aboriginal burning in south east Australia—envisioning our fire futures.

Who should attend?

The Fire Forum is intended for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working, or interested in fire practices and land management, as well as non-Indigenous people working in fire related activities on Country.

Program

Thursday 10 May
  • Presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Breakout sessions
  • Forum Dinner
Friday 11 May
  • Presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Breakout sessions
Saturday 12 May
  • Field trip on Country

Vector Steffensen

Victor Steffensen

Tagalaka

Director of Mulong Traditional Knowledge Practitioner/film maker

Victor Steffensen is an Indigenous fire practitioner and filmmaker that plays a strong role in environmental and community cultural well-being. Over time he has worked on traditional fire projects in Qld, NSW, VIC, WA, and Tasmania. This important work continues today, driven by the growing number of communities reconnecting their culture with the country through aboriginal fire management. Through this, he co-founded the annual National Indigenous Fire Workshop which attracts people from all over Australia. From 2010 he developed the award-winning “Living Knowledge Place”, a cultural online education site that connects the community to the classroom. The program is based on traditional teaching practices and learning by example in which has proven successful in re-introducing traditional fire and other cultural practices.


Oliver Costello

Oliver Costello

Bundjalung

Firesticks Initiative Co-Creator and community of practice facilitator

Oliver Costello is from Bundjalung Jagun Country on the Northern Rivers of NSW. Oliver initiated and continues to lead the Firesticks initiative in collaboration with Mulong Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways, Kuku Thaypan Fire Management Research Project, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning (UTS) and the UTS Faculty of Design. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education and Community Management at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Combining a broad range of experiences in Indigenous natural cultural resource management and Indigenous governance, Oliver works as a consulting advisor on cultural fire projects and as a project officer in Aboriginal Heritage and joint management at the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Along with many communities, organisations and stakeholders, Oliver engages in and develops a range of collaborative approaches to support Indigenous leadership and recognition of cultural fire practices through community mentorship on Country.


Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe

Yuin, Bunurong, and Tasmanian heritage

Historian

In the book Dark Emu, Pascoe puts forward a compelling argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sewing, harvesting, irrigating, storing and managing their country with the use of fire – behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gather tag.


Dean Freeman

Dean Freeman

Wiradjuri

Murumbung Fire Officer, ACT Parks and Conservation Service

Dean Freeman is a Wiradjuri man from Brungle Aboriginal Reserve, located at the Northern foothills of Kosciuszko National Park, NSW. Dean leads the Aboriginal Fire Program at the ACT Parks and Conservation Service and works closely with the Murumbung Yurung Murra Network and local Traditional Custodians. He’s been involved in the protection of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural heritage sites both on and off various ACT and NSW parks estates. Locating cultural sites and implementing strategic protection methods is a key role as the Murumbung Fire Officer, due to the linkages between fire and heritage places. Dean was the recipient of the ACT NAIDOC Caring for Country award in 2014.


Terrence Taylor

Terrance Taylor

Gangalidda

Lead Instructor, Jigija Indigenous Fire Program

Terrence Taylor is the Lead Instructor and Coordinator of the Jigija Indigenous Fire Program. A Gangalidda man from the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Terrence is also President of the Burketown Volunteer Marine Rescue Service. Terrence is employed as the Ranger Coordinator of the Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation Gangalidda and Garawa Ranger Program, where he has worked since its inception in 2007. Terrence is the Doomadgee Fire Warden for Queensland Rural Fires.

Registrations to attend the South-east Australia Aboriginal Fire Forum is open now!

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Registration Information

3 days, including Forum dinner

Registration includes:

  • Attendance to the full program (10 to 12 May)
  • Attendance to the Forum Dinner (10 May)
  • Attendance to the field trip (12 May)
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • A Forum program booklet, tote bag and lanyard
 Fees
Indigenous community member Free
Indigenous organisation $130
Non-government organisation $200
Government organisations $250
3 days, excluding Forum dinner

Registration includes:

  • Attendance to the full program (10 to 12 May)
  • Attendance to the field trip (12 May)
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • A Forum program booklet, tote bag and lanyard
 Fees
Indigenous community member Free
Indigenous organisation $100
Non-government organisation $150
Government organisation $200

Registration payment, cancellation policy and refunds

Registration payment policy

Registrations to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members are free. Please note that spaces are limited and are aimed at those who are available to attend the whole 3 days.

Where applicable, full payment of the registration fee must be made before registrations close. Payments can be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard) via phone, email or post or by invoice. All payments need to be received by Wednesday 9 May 2018.

Cancellation policy and refunds

To cancel your registration for the Fire Forum 2018 contact us no later than Wednesday 9 May 2018. Your registration fee will be refunded in full in the event of Sorry Business or unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after 9 May 2018. To request your refund please email murra@act.gov.au or phone 02 6207 5032.

Recommended accommodation options are listed below. Please note accommodation costs are not included in the registration fee. If you need further assistance please contact murra@act.gov.au.

3 to 4 star

Budget

Australian Government

National Landcare Program

The National Landcare Program is a key part of the Australian Government’s commitment to protect and conserve Australia’s water, soil, plants, animals and ecosystems, as well as support the productive and sustainable use of these valuable resources.

ACT Government

ACT NRM

Australian Capital Territory Natural Resource Management (ACT NRM) is one of 56 regional NRM organisations across Australia under the Australian Government’s regional stream of the National Landcare Program. ACT NRM is hosted in the ACT Government Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate. ACT NRM works together with delivery partners, volunteers, the broader ACT and regional community and other stakeholders to identify investment priorities, broker partnerships, share knowledge, and deliver programs.

ACT Parks and Conservation Service

ACT Parks and Conservation Service is the ACT Government's national parks, nature conservation and land management agency. It manages 73% of the land in the ACT including national parks, reserves, wildlife, forests and rural lands.

Forum enquiries

Email: murra@act.gov.au

Phone: 02 6207 5032