A Symposium on Indigenous Peoples, Economic Empowerment and
Agreements with Extractive Industries

hosted by the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Project (ATNS)
at the University of Melbourne, Australia
June 25th- 26th, 2013

Symposium Home | Background and Themes | Program and multimedia files

Extractive industries have reached into virtually every corner of the world. Over the past 10 years, the ATNS project has been investigating the impact this expansion has on indigenous societies. Our questions continue to become more and more significant:

  • Is mining compatible with maintenance of sustainable indigenous societies?
  • Why have indigenous people continued to endure poverty while enormous wealth is extracted from their ancestral lands?
  • What has to change if resource extraction is to create opportunities for indigenous autonomy and development?
  • What must government, industry and indigenous organisations and peoples do to bring about this change?

This Symposium celebrates 10 years of the ATNS Project, and provides a unique opportunity for indigenous organisations, researchers and industry to gain access to the research outcomes of the Project and contribute to this growing body of knowledge. We warmly invite you to participate.

Keynote Speakers

Dame Meg TaylorProfessor Saleem Ali
Vice President, Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) for International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), Washington DC, USA.Director, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), University of Queensland
Professor Megan DavisProfessor Matthew Gray
Expert Member, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Director, Indigenous Law Centre, University of New South Wales
Director, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), Australian National University.


Day One: 25th June 2013

Theme 1: Indigenous people and the resource extraction industry: towards public, transparent and human rights compliance standards (convened by Professor Marcia Langton)

Theme 2: Land and new ideas for economic empowerment: title, management and agreement making (convened by Associate Professor Maureen Tehan, Professor Lee Godden and Dr Lisa Strelein)

Day Two: 26th June 2013

Theme 3: The delivery and sustainable governance of benefits to indigenous people from agreements (convened by Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh and Professor Miranda Stewart)

Theme 4: Understanding indigenous population dynamics and the relevance to employment opportunities in the resources sector (convened by Professor John Taylor and Professor Marcia Langton)