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Future Forum 2020: Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia

October 16, 2020

Future Forum 2020: Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists (AACAI), the Anthropological Society of Western Australia (ASWA), and the Australia International Council on Monuments and Sites (A.ICOMOS) are pleased to announce a reschedule of the one-day symposium on Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia. It will be held at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle on Friday, 16 October 2020.

The forum will bring together First Nations people, Traditional Owners and custodians, representative bodies, industry, consultants, researchers and other interested parties to explore and discuss what the future of Aboriginal heritage management could look like in Western Australia. There will be a number of speakers showcasing current achievements and future plans for enhancing Aboriginal heritage management, including community-led research, innovations and collaborative projects.

The Future Forum will be a remarkable opportunity to connect, share and discuss visions, aspirations, innovations and anticipated challenges as a collective of people working and engaging with Aboriginal cultural heritage within the state.

Professor Len Collard will give a Welcome to Country and opening address. During the day there will be, among others, talks from Professor Peter Veth, Peter Jeffries (Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation) & Professor Jo McDonald, PKKP Aboriginal Corporation, Robin Stevens & Sharyn Dershow, Yindjibarndi Traditional Owners, Dr Caroline Bird, Professor David Trigger, Clint Shaw, Dr Joe Dortch and Wajarri Yamatji Traditional Owners. A panel session consisting of First Nations people from across the state will conclude the forum.


Venue: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

Address: 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle WA

Date: 16 October 2020

Forum: 8am to 5pm

Canapes: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Expected participants: Up to 200 people


Participants can register through the booking portal on the Humanitix website:


Registration Fees

$160 General Admission

$120 for First Nations People

$120 for AACAI/ASWA/AICOMOS Members (current membership)

$120 for Students (with valid student email)

Registration includes morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea during the forum, and canapes & drinks in evening.

A small booking fee by Humanitix will apply. 100% of profits from booking fees will be directed to Indigenous Scholarships.

Numbers are limited to 200 people (due to current Government restrictions for events/gatherings). Registrations will close on Friday 2 October (unless capacity is reached before then).

If you are unable to attend the Forum in person but are still interested in participating, please get in touch with JJ McDermott (0458608786 or jagemcdermott2@gmail.com). We are currently arranging for a live streaming option over Zoom. Please contact JJ before Friday 18 September if you are interested.

First Nations Travel Subsidies

First Nations people who live outside the Perth metropolitan area qualify for a travel subsidy to partially offset the cost of getting to Fremantle. Amounts will vary depending on distance travelled and the total number of applicants. Travel subsidies can be requested through the Humanitix registration page.



Thanks to all of our sponsors who have kindly contributed to First Nations People travel subsidies and have shown a strong support for this very important forum:

Gold Sponsors:

BHP – https://www.bhp.com

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) – https://ymac.org.au/

Rio Tinto – https://www.riotinto.com/

Silver Sponsors:

Archae-aus – http://www.archae-aus.com.au

Extent Heritage – https://extentheritage.com.au

Bronze Sponsors:

Gavin Jackson Cultural Resource Management – http://www.gavinjacksoncrm.com.au

Thomson Cultural Heritage Management – https://thomsonheritage.com.au

Centre of Rock Art Research and Management UWA (CRAR+M) – http://uwa.edu.au/rock-art

Heritage WA – https://www.aacai.com.au/membership/profile/40/

Scarp Archaeology – http://scarp.com.au

Sticks and Stones Cultural Resource Management – https://sandscrm.com

Major Oaks Heritage Service – https://www.majoroakheritage.com.au

Ethnosciences – http://www.ethnosciences.com.au

Brad Goode & Associates – http://bradgoode.com.au

Snappy Gum Heritage – https://www.snappygumheritage.com.au