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Indigenous Seminar Series 2017 - Dates Announced

The Sydney School of Veterinary Science will hold our 7th Indigenous seminar series. We have invited an excellent group of prominent speakers to discuss topics related to conservation of bilbies, the history of Australian native foods with recipes, land management and food production by pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and student experiences in Indigenous communities.

The names of the speakers, and dates, are below so you can hopefully enter these dates into your diaries. More details on the titles (the ones below are tentative), speakers, their areas of interest, biographies and a description will be provided prior to each of the talks.

These talks will be presented during the weekly School seminar series at the Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC, Camperdown) between 1-2 pm on May 4, 11, 18 and 26 (all Thursdays other than Friday 26 May).

  • May 4, Simone Armstrong
    "Student experiences from volunteering in Rural Indigenous Communities"
    Simone is a DVM student at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science. She will be sharing her experience and cultural competence perspectives from her visits to different Indigenous communities in central and northern Australia as part of animal health programs.
  • May 11, Kate Crossing and a co-presenter from the Kiwirrkurra People
    "Bilby conservation in the Gibson Desert by the Kiwirrkurra People"
    Kate (project leader of the Central Desert Native Title Services) and a member of Kiwirrkurra People will be sharing how the work by Indigenous communities and rangers from across the Northern Territory and Western Australia have increased the chance of saving Australia’s iconic Bilby from extinction.
  • May 18, John Newton
    “The Oldest Foods on Earth: A History of Australian Native Foods with recipes”
    John is a freelance writer, journalist and novelist. John will be sharing his latest book about Australian food, in particular the flora and fauna that nourished the Aboriginal peoples for over 50,000 years.
  • May 26, Bruce Pascoe
    "Dark Emu"
    Bruce is a celebrated Indigenous writer. He will be sharing his latest book and considerations in relation to how Indigenous people manage the land and have developed important systems of food production, giving a more accurate perspective of early Aboriginal history and agriculture.

Indigenous Seminar Series 2015 - Dates Announced

30 April 2015

  • May 7, Professor Jakelin Troy - "Sydney Mob and Animals".
    Joe is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Land Council.
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  • May 14, Willie Ase - "Animal management in remote Indigenous communities- The importance of local leadership,design & implementation"
    Willie is an Animal Management Officer at the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, Far North Qld.
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  • May 21, Courtenay Bombara - “Free-roaming Domestic Dogs in Remote Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia”
    Courtenay is a Bachelor of Veterinary Science student at the University of Sydney and over the past year she has been completing her B Sc (Vet) project related to this area.
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  • May 28, Rod Kennett - "Building Indigenous leadership in research: what role can universities play?"
    Rob is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Land and Water Research of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra.
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  • October 29, Joe Morrison - "How the Northern Land Council assists Aboriginal peoples in the Top End of the Northern Territory to manage their traditional lands and seas"
    Joe is acurrent Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Land Council.
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New artwork for Faculty

1 August 2014

On Wednesday 30th August, members of the Faculty gathered in brilliant sunshine in order to celebrate the purchase of two new Aboriginal artworks. The event marked a turning point in our awareness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presence on our campus.

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