Nulungu lecture to highlight role of Aboriginal people in climate change mitigation

Keynote Address at annual Notre Dame Broome Campus event

Nolan Hunter is the Keynote Speaker for the
2017 Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture at Notre Dame’s Broome Campus

22 August 2017

The role of Aboriginal people in mitigating the effects of climate change, and how it blends with the concept of Reconciliation, will be the focus of the Keynote Address at Notre Dame University’s annual Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture on August 24 this year.

To be held on the University’s Broome Campus, the keynote address, Valuing Indigenous People in Climate Change, will be delivered by, Mr Nolan Hunter, an active campaigner for Indigenous Native Title rights and currently Chief Executive Officer of the Kimberley Land Council (KLC).

Mr Hunter works alongside Traditional Owners from 25 Aboriginal groups to create sustainable conservation and land management strategies that promote social change and build positive futures. He also supports the development of sustainable business enterprises based on Aboriginal cultural values as a means of generating wealth in remote communities.

In December 2015, Mr Hunter attended the UNFCCC Twenty-first Conference in Paris where he presented at the Indigenous Pavilion and associated events, including the Global Landscapes Forum and the UNESCO-organised Indigenous People and Climate Change Conference. The presentations included sharing the KLC’s experience developing the North Kimberley Fire Abatement Project and the role of Indigenous people in climate change mitigation through management of their lands.

“Aboriginal people play a major role in achieving significant biodiversity and environmental outcomes, for example through savannah burning initiatives that contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Hunter said.

“Asserting Native Title rights and interests when dealing with government, industry and other stakeholders, is just one of the ways in which Aboriginal people in the Kimberley can balance cultural connections to their land with strategic economic development that can benefit Aboriginal communities.”

The Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture has attracted speakers such as The Honourable Ben Wyatt MLA (WA State Government Treasurer); Professor Mick Dodson AM (2009 Australian of the Year); Mick Gooda (Royal Commissioner – Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems in the Northern Territory); and June Oscar (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner).

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