|National Close the Gap Day 24 March 2011, Everywhere, All States and Territories
National Close the Gap Day gives Australians the opportunity to come together and show their support for closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians. Individuals and local groups can organise a small-scale event to celebrate the gains that have been made, and use the Oxfam website for ideas, resources and to register their event. www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day
Puliima 2011 National Indigenous Languages and Technology Forum ‘Old Language - New Voices’ 10 May 2011 to 13 May 2011, Brisbane Queensland
The aim of the Puliima Forum is to bring together people from all over Australia and overseas who are involved in Indigenous language projects and communities to share skills and information on the use of a wide range of technology to support their work. The event showcases a variety of production tools, models and programs that support content production in a range of mediums (sound, multi-media, image and print) and enables community users to experience them first hand. It incorporates knowledge of linguistics, educational programs and teaching methodologies as well as legal, moral and cultural aspects of community language project development. www.acra.org.au/puliima.html
WIPCE 2011Cusco, Peru, South America—August 2011
The 2011 World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education will be held in Cusco, Peru, South America. Package deals with Starstravel will be available before the end of the 2010 year. The Starstravel organiser of the 2011 Wipce tour is Linda Mabey,
. Once a date and programme has been received by the Wipce organisers Starstravel will present the tour package. Starstravel have organised tours to Wipce since the 1996 Albuquerque conference. Register with Linda or contact Starstravel, 0800 802929. August appears to be the month for the conference, but this is yet to be confirmed. Information will be posted as it becomes available.
The Garma Festival
5 August 2011 to 8 August 2011 Northern Territory
The Garma Festival of Traditional Culture is a celebration of the cultural inheritance of the Yolngu people, the Indigenous Aboriginal Australians of North East Arnhem land. The Garma ceremony has as its purpose the sharing of knowledge and culture, and the opening of hearts to the message of the land at Gukula. It includes a Key Forum that in 2010 will focus on Indigenous Education. One of the central issues and challenges to be discussed at the Key Forum on the Creative Industries will be the extent and nature of Creative Industries interface with Indigenous Australians, including cultural and commercial rights, and the place of traditional art.
6th International Conference on Indigenous Education: Pacific Rim 18 to 21 December 2010, Cairns Queensland
The First Nations University of Canada, (formerly Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, SIFC) has as its mission, a mandate to promote and support international Indigenous education and community exchange. Australian Catholic University (McAuley Banyo) is honoured to have been invited to co host this year's 6th International Conference on Indigenous Education: Pacific Rim, together with Charles Darwin University, by the First Nations University of Canada. Hear from Indigenous education leaders on the latest approaches to Indigenous education.
Yabun 2011: Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures - NSW 26 January 2011, Sydney New South Wales
Yabun, the concert celebrating Indigenous Australia's survival is held in Sydney on 26 January, with top entertainers and special tents providing a wide range of information. The annual Yabun concert is presented by Gadigal Information Services, home of Koori Radio. www.gadigal.org.auAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership: Building leadership capability to Close the Gap on disadvantage 15 to 16 February 2011, Brisbane Queensland
Hear insights from Kerrie Tim, Dr Tom Calma, Warren Mundine, Jack Manning-Bancroft, Tania Major, Adjunct Professor Dennis Eggington. Learn how to: empower young people and build leaders of the future; increase the representation of Indigenous people at senior levels in business and the public sector; build effective partnerships to ensure Indigenous people can take leadership on the issues that affect them; strengthen leadership and governance in Indigenous organisations to ensure success. www.indigenousleaders.com