Livestream 6.30pm – 8pm

3rd June 2021

We are bringing together First Nations experts and community leaders to discuss this year’s themes of ‘More Than A Word. Reconciliation Takes Action’ for Reconciliation Week 2021, and ‘Heal Country!’ in the lead up to NAIDOC Week.

Join award-winning writer Bruce Pascoe, Karlie Noon – astronomer (2019 Eureka Prize nominee, and one of the 2017 BBC’s 100 Women), Australia’s first Indigenous youth-led climate network SEED – Youth Climate. Get in early to see a performance by Jannawi Dance Clan and participate in the smoking with Uncle Wes Marne.

About the guest speakers

Bruce Pascoe 

Bruce Pascoe, a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man who has published widely in both adult and young adult literature. Pascoe’s best known work Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? interrogates the assumption that Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers and cites evidence of pre-colonial agriculture, engineering and building construction by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Dark Emu has won numerous awards including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award and the New South Wales Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016. In 2018 Bruce was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.
Bruce lives on his farm in East Gippsland, Victoria which is home to his latest project, Black Duck Foods. An Indigenous social enterprise, Black Duck Foods is committed to traditional food growing processes that care for Country and return economic benefits directly to Indigenous people. Bruce’s research has also inspired a number of projects here at the University of Sydney, including the Indigenous Grasslands for Grain project which works with Aboriginal people to bring the native grain production system to modern agroecosystems and foods. This act of food sovereignty will provide environmental, cultural and economic benefits. Bruce’s work is a clear example of why we must learn from and engage with diverse knowledge systems in order to develop just and effective adaptation strategies in a changing climate.

Karli Noon 

Karlie Alinta Noon is a Gamilaroi astronomer and science communicator working with audiences around the country for the past 10 years promoting Indigenous astronomical knowledge systems and advocating for more women in STEM.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the oldest scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians in human history, yet are rarely acknowledged for their achievements or discoveries. Gamilaroi woman Karlie Noon is passionate about amplifying the astronomical accomplishments of Australia's First Nations peoples. For almost a decade, Karlie has been dedicated to making science accessible to people all across Australia. Karlie was the first female, Indigenous Australian to graduate with combined degrees in mathematics and science after graduating in 2016 from the University of Newcastle. She has since completed a Masters of Astronomy and Astrophysics Advanced degree from the Australian National University in 2019,  in which she received a high distinction for her research into the Milky Way galaxy. Karlie has been involved in a variety of national and local activities including television appearances such as ABC’s The Drum and BBC’s Stargazing Live program and hosts a weekly stargazing segment on ABC Canberra radio. 

Seed Indigenous youth climate network

Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. At Seed, we are building a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for climate justice. Our vision is for a just and sustainable future with strong cultures and communities, powered by renewable energy. Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity, but we also know it is an opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world.

Will Potter’s Biography
"Being a proud Gundungurra man I have always been connected to Country and its story. As I grew aware of the threat that the climate crisis posed to the Country, I felt an obligation to continue its story for the next generations. I started organising in my school and broader community when I was 16, founding a local team advocating on climate. I now help support Seed Mob."