Native Plant Use forum

Native Plant Use forum

Come and hear from Traditional Owners on how they are using native plants in their work, in bush medicine, food and diets. The Native Plant Use Forum 27-28 September, Canberra organised by the ACT Governments, seeks to empower Aboriginal communities and develop new opportunities into the future.

Australia’s native plants are increasingly valued for a wide range of social and environmental benefits. Some of these include their medicinal and dietary properties, ability to reduce air pollution and stormwater runoff, carbon storage, habitat for native species, and space for recreation and enjoyment of nature.

Native vegetation also provides frontline response to climate change and other environmental of degradation issues.

For tens of thousands of years Traditional Owners have understood the importance of native plants and have used, harvested and farmed this resource.

Grab your tickets today!

DAY 1 – Friday 27 September – Exhibition Park at Mitchell, Canberra:

  • Presentations by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working with and promoting native plant use.
  • Cooking demonstrations using native foods by chefs Mark Olive and Sharon Winsor.
  • Native plant use workshops including weaving and jewellery making, where participants can learn to use native plants.
  • Dinner.

DAY 2 – Saturday 28 September - Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, south of Canberra:

  • Guided native plant and plant use walks through the reserve.
  • More opportunities to learn skills at native plant use workshops.
  • Bus transport from either EPIC, Mitchell or Town Park, Queanbeyan.

Keynote presenters include:

  • Aileen Blackburn/Mongta, a Monero/Yuin woman who will speak on her work with East Gippsland Aboriginal women in bringing back cultivation and harvest of yam daisies.
  • Mark Olive, Bundjalung Man will demonstrate cooking with native foods.
  • Sharon Winsor, Ngemba Weilwan woman, will also demonstrate cooking with native foods.
  • Adam Shipp, Wiradjuri man, who will share knowledge on bush medicines and his work on native plants of our region.
  • Terri Janke, Meriam/Wuthathi woman and lawyer will speak on Indigenous intellectual property rights around native plants and traditional knowledge.

For further information please contact aboriginalnrm@act.gov.au or (02) 6205 4530