Indigenous Forces at Work Conference

Register now for the Indigenous Forces at Work Conference March 21-23, 2012

The Indigenous Forces at Work Conference 2012 at the Crown Plaza Alice Springs is designed to:
1. Provide concrete examples and case studies of current experience, activities and challenges in advancing Indigenous learning, employment and well-being;
2. Give you time to bring and share your experience, activities and challenges in advancing Indigenous learning, employment and well-being;
3. Explore Indigenous enterprise, microenterprise and social enterprise through case studies and the work of enterprise developers; and
4. Take time to hear from a range of Indigenous storytellers talking about the impact of Indigenous policy and programs on their journeys through learning, employment and life.

Come and hear from:
• Wendy Dawson, National Indigenous Manager, Sodexo. Sodexo employs 6000 people in 220 sites around Australia in hospitality and facilities management. Wendy will talk about the company’s commitment and delivery of its multifaceted Reconciliation Plan, developed in consultation over 18 months, with initiatives for direct employment; business enterprise, community and sustainability; sports, arts and culture; and education and training;
• Charles Prouse, CEO National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, will talk about career paths into the sports and arts industries for indigenous school age kids;
• Laura Egan, Enterprise Learning Projects, Toni Ah Sam, NT Indigenous Business Network, and Jason Quin, Desert People Social Enterprise Hub, are contributors to our stream on enterprise and social enterprise development;
• TAFE SA and Batchelor College and will be talking about new projects embedding core skills into VET curriculum for Indigenous learners;
• Will Sanders, Deputy Director at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU, will reflect on 30 years of Indigenous Policies and People at Work;
• World Vision will show how participatory monitoring and evaluation frameworks enable the measurement of outcomes for specific projects in Indigenous contexts;
• Phillip Morrissey, Academic Coordinator, Indigenous Studies, Melbourne University, will talk about how its Masters in Indigenous Policy can recognise the professional experience of Indigenous people without tertiary qualifications and honour their knowledge in the university context; and
• Barb McGillivray and Lyn Cullinane, both longstanding workers and advocates for Indigenous advancement, will lead sessions on projects and ways to promote employment opportunities for Indigenous people.

Once again we also hear from a number of Indigenous storytellers who will share their personal stories and pathways in life.

Delegates to the 2010 Indigenous Forces at Work Conference told us that the storytellers illustrated the impact of training and employment programs on real people and encouraged many of them to rethink the way they ran these programs.

In 2012 we will again use this approach so that delegates can hear first-hand the stories of a number of Indigenous Australians who have successfully undertaken education and training and transitioned into employment.

Field trip and tour on Day three 2012:

After everyone has shared their experiences of what works in Indigenous education, skills, and employment and social enterprise development, you will have an opportunity to see first-hand how successful models of service delivery and programs operate in Alice Springs.

The field trip and tour on Day three will provide delegates with an opportunity to see in action some of the innovative and successful Indigenous enterprises and training/education programs that have been discussed at the conference.

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi has operated as an Aboriginal Association in Alice Springs since 1997. Waltja’s objectives focus on providing support in areas of family and community training together with Indigenous educational programs. Waltja also provides advocacy and assistance to the local community in areas of Aged Care and Disability Services.

Visitors to Waltja will be able to speak with program and training staff and appreciate the dedication of Waltja staff to deliver Indigenous programs including the Long Walk Program which centres on integrating healthy lifestyle and cultural identity, the Reconnect Program for Youth at Risk, the Money Management Program for financial literacy education and Childcare which operates in the APY Lands, also Waltja’s RTO which delivers courses in Community Services, Children’s Services and Business. Waltja also has a robust Arts and Cultural Centre where you will be able to purchase hand made goods and relax in the newly developed visitor area.

This conference is sponsored by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs