Download the PDFs to view more information on the
Session 4 — Human capability development
Chair: Stephen Garnett
Job Done? Is Indigenous capacity done? Joe Morrison
For many years, Indigenous representative and development
agencies have agitated for increased engagement with the research
community to support them in strengthening their ability to manage
and/or develop their ancestral estates. Importantly, Indigenous
people still maintain that they are not just another sector or
stakeholder in the region, but with customary obligations and deep
unmatched connections that extend thousands of years in the past.
The Tropical Savannas CRC (TS-CRC) offered an opportunity to do
just this, but with historical neglect and a focus on land rights,
citizenship and equality the road to Indigenous engagement was
going to be a hard one. The northern alliance that was formed to
examine native title, presented as the means by which land and sea
management could be maximised and provided a unified point of
contact for engagement with groups such as the TS-CRC. After a long
gestation this lead to the eventual birth of the North Australian
Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA).
So has NAILSMA achieved what it set out to with the TS-CRC?
Job Done Summary
Summary of talk delivered by Joe Morrison to Savanna Futures Forum, February 28th 2008, Darwin [pdf 16.5 kb]