NAIDOC Week 2019 – Panel Discussion



Join the State Library of Western Australia in partnership with the Minderoo Foundation to explore how Aboriginal researchers talk about connections to Country and navigate our shared colonial history in these modern times.

6.00pm Thursday 11 July 2019 | State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Perth WA 6000

FREE EVENT | bookings

Panel Convener: Tammy Prior | Noongar/Yamaji/Nyul Nyul
Community Engagement and Employment – Minderoo Foundation

Tammy Prior has extensive experience and networks across regional and urban Western Australia, working closely in community engagement and employment initiatives across key pillars of the Minderoo Foundation. Tammy’s most recent focus has been the roll out of the Early Years Initiatives, a State Government and Telethon Kids Institute collaboration on early childhood development, across four communities in WA. Consulting directly with communities and State Government, Tammy has assisted the Thrive by Five team to implement new models of service delivery, to enable the greatest developmental outcome for kids. Tammy also has a keen interest in the arts and culture sector.

Dr Shino Konishi | Yawuru | ARC Centre of Excellence and Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

A Yawaru historian based at the University of Western Australia, Dr Shino Konishi has long been interested in the history of cross-cultural encounters between Aboriginal people and European explorers. Recently she co-edited two books on this subject with Maria Nugent and Tiffany Shellam: Indigenous Intermediaries: New Perspectives on the Exploration Archives (ANU Press 2015) and Brokers and Boundaries: Colonial Exploration and Indigenous Territory (ANU Press 2016). Currently, she is the leader of an ARC Project producing new biographies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Donna Oxenham | Malgana | PhD Student, University of Western Australia | Researcher – From Another View

As a researcher on the project, Donna Oxenham searched through the vast historical materials held at the State Library of Western Australia. Donna researched collections and item associated with John Forrest and his impact on exploration history and political endeavours in Western Australian history. Research also uncovered the significant role played by Aboriginal people during formative years of settlement.

Stephen Kinnane | Miriwoong Marda-Marda
Curatorial Team Member – New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum

Steve Kinnane has been an active researcher and writer for more than 25 years. He has worked on a diverse range of community, cultural heritage and development projects. His interests are diverse encompassing Aboriginal history, creative documentary and tensions surrounding ideals of sustainability and the relationships between individuality, community and Country. He is currently a PhD candidate with the ANU Research School of Social Sciences and a member of the Curatorial Team of the New Museum Project (WA). He also serves on the boards and councils of AIATSIS, Magabala Books and the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Tui Raven | Yamaji/Noongar | Project Coordinator – From Another View, State Library of Western Australia

As the Project Coordinator for this project Tui Raven was responsible for creating a respectful dialogue about our shared colonial history. Using John Forrest’s 1874 trek as a departure point the project team stopped at key locations along the trek route. With the advice, guidance and assistance of Yamaji, Martu and Anangu the From Another View project unpacked the context of colonial exploration and living and thriving in desert and arid regions.