First Indigenous Experts Forum on sustainable economic development
Young Indigenous leaders, elders, leading professionals, practitioners and experts in a range of fields including economics, cultural, social, environment and policy were invited by the Chair Professor Patrick Dodson to engage in a dialogue aimed at setting a policy foundation and action-based planning framework for Indigenous participation in northern development.
The overarching aim of the forum, held in June 2012, was to build a future for north Australia that is inclusive of the wide range of Indigenous interests and aspirations. Participants were required to challenge the existing paradigm that currently drives, and arguably restricts northern development.
This, the first of two major forums being delivered by NAILSMA, set the policy foundation that will be directed to the Northern Australia Ministerial Forum. View First Forum report here and the accompanying DVD Story report.
Over the next year the Indigenous Experts Panel (IEP) will work towards building on that foundation and create pathways that promote and incorporate key options into policy and development areas that will be presented back to the Indigenous Experts Forum at the second forum planned for 2013.
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