ANU First Nations Governance Forum to begin on Monday night

The Australian National University will host the First Nations Governance Forum, bringing together Australia’s First Peoples and international guests to progress the national conversation towards recognition of First Nations in the Constitution.

The Forum, to be held at Old Parliament House across two days, will also involve the first hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

ANU Emeritus Professor Mick Dodson AC said the Forum provides an opportunity to have an important discussion about governance and our First Nations Peoples.

“These discussions will form an important part of our immediate future and provide a significant context for future generations. This debate is not just for or about First Nations Peoples, but involves all Australians,” Professor Dodson said.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said it is fitting the national university facilitates this conversation.

“Universities are places of healthy and robust debate; they celebrate and challenge ideas. It’s the role of the national university to advance understanding of issues of national importance, and ANU is proud to be hosting this crucial next step in the discussion of Constitutional Recognition,” Professor Schmidt said.

The Forum will consider a series of policy options relevant to Australia from models used by comparable countries, such as New Zealand, Canada and Scandinavian countries, and discussions on the Australian context.

The full event will be live streamed.

Media are invited to attend. The program is available on the ANU website.

WHAT: First Nations Governance Forum

WHERE: Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra.

WHEN: Monday 2 July, 6pm to Wednesday 4 July, 3:30pm.

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