The Australian Government with partner countries and the Larrakia Nation are proud and excited to host the inaugural WIN Conference in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia from Sunday 26 to Friday 31 May 2013.
For thousands of years, the Aboriginal Traditional Custodians of Darwin, the Larrakia Nation have lived on and maintained their cultural ties to this thriving, vibrant, multicultural city of more than 120,000 people.
The Conference will call on all delegates to help build a strong foundation for an innovative and well-grounded enduring World Indigenous Network. It will be a fantastic opportunity for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community land and sea managers to come together, connect and share stories and experiences.
The Australian Government established a National Advisory Group to support and provide strategic advice and direction for the World Indigenous Network and WIN Conference in 2013. The Advisory Group's membership comprises of representatives from key Indigenous organisations around Australia.
The Australian Government and the National Advisory Group are also working with Indigenous people from representative organisations in Australia and seeking input internationally to develop the WIN Conference program and themes.
An important part of the Conference is your input; we want to hear your ideas and vision for the Network and its future. Come to the Conference and be part of the global conversation and a world-wide network for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities land and sea managers.
Melissa George, Co-Chair, WIN National Advisory Group
The WIN Conference Program is aimed at Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities land and sea managers who have an active role in managing natural environments. Other interested peoples may also include:
- Indigenous and Local Community land and sea managers working on the management or conservation of the land including landscape protection, heritage sites, protected areas, national parks, nature reserves, threatened species and threat abatement.
- Indigenous and Local Community peoples working on the management and conservation of waterways, including river systems, wetlands, oceans and seas.
- Indigenous and Local Community peoples who are actively involved in the preservation of their cultural values, natural resource management, poverty eradication or supporting sustainable development projects.
- Indigenous and Local Community elders or mentors who want to share their traditional knowledge about managing their natural and cultural environments with the younger generation.
- Staff of environmental, non government and other related organisations who are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities land and sea managers and groups in their countries.
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