IDA Conference

The annual Indigenous Desert Alliance Conference is the largest annual gathering of desert rangers in Australia. At the conference we focus on strengthening our alliance, discussing matters of regional importance, sharing information, regional project development and stakeholder engagement.

2021 Annual IDA Conference

The 2021 IDA was once again, a well attended zoom event with rangers from across the desert coming online for 2 days.

We had presentations on ranger exchanges and ranger presentations on feral animal control, animal identification, fire knowledge, and even a new species of frog; - the biggest collaborative burning trip ever conducted in the desert with 9 different ranger teams working on board the plane over the journey;- healthy country planning using mapping and traditional and Western methods; - an update on how the IDA has grown into a small and thriving not-for-profit member organisation with a committed team working hard for rangers.

Most importantly, we held our annual ranger-to-ranger session to make sure Traditional Owners and rangers are at the forefront of setting priorities for the IDA! We're really looking forward to getting everyone back together in person as soon as we can. But yesterday's videoconference showed us how strong the connection in the desert is, with over 20 ranger teams and over 100 rangers coming together online to share knowledge and culture.

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.

2019 IDA Conference

The 2019 IDA conference was held at Uluru. It was a landmark event and became a celebration of Indigenous desert rangers in the heart of the desert. The video below tells the story of this wonderful event.

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Uluru and IDA 2019! Zoom

2018 IDA Conference

The 2018 IDA Conference brought the desert again to the city. It was held at the University of Western Australia Club, Perth, WA. Over 160 attendees participated in 3 days of workshops, planning and networking

2017 IDA Conference

The first big conference for the IDA as held at the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle, WA

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