Breaking barriers in Indigenous research and thinking
The 2014 Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) National Indigenous Studies Conference examined how far Australia had come in the area of Indigenous studies in the past 50 years. It also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legislated establishment of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS), as well as 50 years of leadership and excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait studies by AIATSIS.
The conference brought together multi-disciplinary expertise from across the Indigenous studies sector, including researchers, policy makers, community members, academics, representative organisations, consultants, traditional owners and service providers. Conference topics ranged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, health, cultural heritage, arts, policy, sport, economics, language, anthropology, archives and IT.
Attendees of the conference were presented with a unique opportunity to communicate information about research, projects and programs with a wide audience and benefit from discussion around shared areas of interest.
The AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee held a pre-conference workshop on Research Ethics in Australian Indigenous Studies on Tuesday 25 March 2014.