2020 IDA Conference

Due to travel restrictions, the 2020 IDA Conference was held online this year. Rangers, members and supporters from across the desert participated via Zoom videoconference. The conference coincided with the rescheduled NAIDOC Week and was a great way to celebrate the work rangers have undertaken in 2020 - a most challenging year.

Highlights from the conference included:

  • 30 ranger teams in attendance from across the Australian desert, as well as representatives from the Misipawistik Cree Nations in Canada
  • over 200 people in attendance in total across the three days
  • a fantastic opening session hosted by IDA Chair Nyaparu Rose with the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP Minister for Indigenous Australians providing the opening keynote address to the conference
  • ‘ranger to ranger’ sessions where again, priorities were discussed and recorded to inform and guide the work of the IDA
  • the active participation of multiple ranger teams from across the desert including presentations and videos from: Birriliburu Rangers, Maralinga Tjarutja Rangers, Paraku, Ngururrpa and Ngurra Kayanta Rangers, Muru Warinyi-Ankkul Rangers, Kiwirrkurra Rangers, Ngurrura Rangers and Tarlka Matuwa Piarku Aboriginal Corporation Wiluna Rangers.
  • a session with Andrew Dowding from Winyama Digital Solutions, on the Indigenous Mapping Workshop and its online resources
  • a presentation on the review of the National Threatened Species Strategy from the Threatened Species Commissioner Dr Sally Box and Q and A session
  • discussions around the impacts of a changing climate on country
  • a conversation on the Language of Fire and Country with representatives of the Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa Martu Language Program
  • the premiere of Learning Together - Martu and Scientists on Country and the premiere of the Buffel Free GVD video resources for buffel grass control in the desert, in Pitjantjatjara and in English.

Thanks to all of our conference supporters and all of the presenters and participants that made the IDA Conference such a fantastic event. Even though we couldn’t come together face to face, we still kept the desert connected! We hope to be able to come together again in 2021.

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