26.05.2023: Open Seminar „Australia at a Crossroads: Returning Country to Indigenous Land Management“

Next seminar of "Exploring Landscape Boundaries" series is held by Adele Millard and is titeled „Australia at a Crossroads: Returning Country to Indigenous Land Management“

Time: 26th of May at 13.00

Location: Web event in BBB virtual room

Language: English

The series of open seminars about landscapes is organized by the Chair of Landscape Architecture. Recordings of previus seminars can be watched HERE.


Dr Millard is Manager, Country & Culture at the Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, The University of Western Australia



The landmass now known as Australia was the sole domain of Indigenous peoples for 60,000+ years. We know from oral histories that landcare regimes, laws, and contestations were integral to Indigenous lives. With many waves of British and European invasion, and subsequently government, from the 18th Century, Indigenous peoples were denied their voices, choices, and fulfilment of their traditional rights – in which landcare was a deeply religious, cultural responsibility. Since 1992, significant legal precedents and legislative changes have enabled varying degrees of change to the colonists’ all-powerful status quo. It is not an easy task, reversing the impacts of 200+ years of abuse, denial, exile, and trauma. Prescribed bodies corporate are the entities required, by statute, to manage native title rights and interests at the juncture of land and cultural heritage. There are plentiful problems and polemics, just as there are slow and steady triumphs. Working in this space requires a certain resilience and perspective; but above it all, there is immense potential to facilitate meaningful change at grassroots level.


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