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The annual two-day Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Summit is the pinnacle of the Festival. Danjoo Koorliny has now become a year-round movement as we walk together towards 2029 and beyond (2029 marking 200 years of colonisation in Perth). The sold-out 2019, 2020 and 2021 Summits have inspired a large-scale systems change, designed to help us all become better carers of everything through shifting cultural, social, environmental and economic outcomes.

Following on from the release of the State of Environment Report earlier this year, this year’s summit is focused on the environment with themes of connecting with, and healing Boodja (Country) through Aboriginal knowledge and sustainable cultural practices. The Summit has been carefully designed so we can continue our journey of connection to place, be inspired by speakers and keynote presentations, and have time to connect, build and reflect on the 2029 and beyond vision.

Our theme of Caring for Boodja: By Us, For Us, With Us, we invite you to read the State of Environment Report 2021 in the lead-up to the festival, to provide an in-depth and evidence-based understanding of the state of Australia’s environment.

With the release of the State of Environment, Report is a five-year report combining traditional, scientific and local knowledge of Australia’s environment. This report saw Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together to assess the condition of our environment to help shape the strategy, policy and action of individuals, communities and businesses as stewards of the Australian environment. Overall, the report deemed the state and trend of the Australian environment to be poor and deteriorating, highlighting that Indigenous ways of knowing and seeing are essential for meeting the environmental challenges of today and the future.

This year we are immersing ourselves in nature. You are invited to attend a Sunrise Smoking Ceremony, taking place around the Giant Boab, Gija Jumulu, on Day 1 of the Summit. This special Smoking Ceremony held at 5:04 am will help us set the collective tone for the events to follow, before the official Opening and Welcome to Country at Poolgarla Parkland in Kings Park at 8 am.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr Anne Poelina

Nulungu Institute Research University of Notre Dame

Professor Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa woman from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. An active community leader, human and earth rights advocate, film maker and a respected academic researcher. PhD, PhD, MEd, MPH&TM, MA, Co-Chair Indigenous Studies and Senior Researcher Nulungu Institute Research University of Notre Dame, Adjunct Professor, College of Indigenous Education Futures, Arts & Society, Charles Darwin University, Darwin. Anne is the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) inaugural First Nations appointment to its independent Advisory Committee on Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences (2022). Awarded Kailisa Budevi Earth and Environment Award, International Women’s Day (2022) recognition of her global standing. Anne is a Peter Cullen Fellow for Water Leadership (2011). In 2017, she was awarded a Laureate from the Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva), elected Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council (2018), Visiting Fellow with Institute for Post-Colonial Studies, Melbourne and the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Canberra. Anne believes we can dream together, as human beings, and start to live in harmony with each other and with our non-human families. Otherwise, Mother Earth will be lonely without the vibrations of human beings!

Website:  www.martuwarrafitzroyriver.org
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6461-7681
Personal website: www.majala.com.au

Samantha Murray

Indigenous Desert Alliance

Samantha Murray is a Yilka/Wongutha/Nyoongar/Yamatji woman who grew up in Cosmo Newberry ( where she has traditional owner links) and Laverton and has connections to the broader Central Desert Area.

Her Indigenous name is Imelia and Skin name Panaga.

She has previously been a Director of Yilka Aboriginal Corporation for over 3 years and is a currently a Director of Yilka Heritage and Land Care which deals with the land management programs and ranger team. Sam has worked in a range of other government-based roles in education, public housing and TAFE.

She has previously worked with Central Desert Native Title Services and Desert Support Services.

Samantha currently works as Deputy CEO – at the Indigenous Desert Alliance where she continues with her passionate commitment to supporting people and country of the Australian desert.

Lindsey Langford

Indigenous Desert Alliance

Lindsey Langford is the Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA).

Lindsey is passionate about seeing positive and Indigenous directed outcomes for the desert and its people. He grew up in Central Australia and has had privilege of an intimate and lifelong association with Indigenous desert land managers on their country.

He has spent the past 15 years working primarily with Indigenous desert rangers to support the operational and strategic development of Indigenous Protected Area programs and ranger teams through to founding and developing the Indigenous Desert Alliance.

Michelle Andrews

Director General Department of Water and Environment Regulation

Michelle Andrews is an executive leader and environmental scientist with 30 years’ experience in the public sector currently in the role of Director General, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Michelle has previously led the role of Director General for the Department of Communities and reformed the organisation’s governance and integrity systems following a major fraud and corruption incident.
Michelle has held executive roles within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, State Development and the former Department of Mines and Petroleum, where she focused on major projects, resource development policy and strengthening relationships across government, industry and the community.
She strongly supports taking action on Aboriginal outcomes and formed the Cultural Council at Communities to ensure appropriate guidance on these actions. At the Department of Water and Environmental Protection, Michelle is driving better engagement outcomes for Aboriginal and Indigenous people with her support for the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan and the Aboriginal Engagement Strategy.
As a senior executive, Michelle believes in the power of collective leadership and the development of individual leaders to create shared leadership capabilities within organisations.
When she has personal time out, Michelle is a keen walker and likes nothing better than pulling on a backpack and hiking trails in our great state.

Glen Kelly OAM

Environmental Scientist, Member of the National Native Title Tribunal

Glen is an Aboriginal man of the Wardandi Nyungar people of the South West of Western Australia. Glen is an Environmental Scientist and has almost 30 years of experience in Aboriginal affairs, native title, Aboriginal land management and community development at local, national and international levels.

Glen served as the Chief Executive Officer of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC), the native title representative body for the South West of WA, for nearly a decade. Glen has also worked across Australia on native title agreement making and has assisted a variety of Traditional Owner groups and Government clients achieve strong and sustainable native title outcomes.

From 2015 to 2017 Glen also served as the Chief Executive of the National Native Title Council where he worked alongside members of the native title sector, Government and Industry to secure reforms to the Native Title Act. In 2019, Glen was awarded West Australian of the Year in the Indigenous category and was appointed as a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal in October 2020.

Professor Steven D. Hopper AC

Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Western Australia

Born in Bangalow NSW in 1951, and moving to Perth in 1965, today I am a field biologist, avid bibliophile, beach comber, photographer, part-time musician and family man. Previously, following PhD studies, I have worked in conservation research and management in the Western Australian Government (1977-1992), and been chief executive (Director) of two world-class botanic gardens (Kings Park WA 1992-2004, and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK 2006-2012). I now work in a 0.6FTE appointment as Professor of Biodiversity at The University of Western Australia, Albany (2012 to present) and as a strategic consultant.

My research and teaching interests include specialist expertise in natural history, eucalypts, kangaroo paws, orchids, plants of granite outcrops, endangered plants, cross-cultural biodiversity research with Noongar Aboriginal people, old climatically-buffered infertile landscapes (Ocbils), pollination of plants by birds and mammals, and botanic garden management. I am an author of 338 scientific publications, 155 peer-reviewed, with 139 sole-authored, and 14 books and monographs. My field research has extended across Australia and New Zealand (since 1972), the USA (since 1990), South Africa (since 1997), and the UK and western Europe (since 2001).

I joined as Director the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London, a World Heritage tourist site and global plant science powerhouse of 800 staff, in 2006, and led the organization through celebrations of its 250th anniversary in 2009, before returning to UWA in 2012. As a CEO, Chief Scientist and manager, I have seen Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew through substantial organizational change, without industrial disputation, in challenging economic circumstances, delivering much improved revenues and world-class improvements to services, facilities and science outputs in both cases.

Currently, I am focused on helping devise ways for people to live sustainably with biodiversity, especially on Ocbils, and in collaboration with Noongar people, postgraduate students and other scientists worldwide.

In 2012 I was inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame. I was also awarded Australia’s highest civilian honour of Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for ’eminent service as a global science leader in the field of plant conservation biology, particularly in the delivery of world class research programs contributing to the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems’.

Event Schedule

5:04 amSunrise Smoking Ceremony Boab Tree (Forest Car Park, Kings Park)
7:30 amRegistration open
8:15 amSmoking CeremonyKarla Beedawong
8:30 amWelcome to CountryBoodja (Main) Marquee
9:00 amOverview of Day
9:30 amKeeping Desert Country Connected

Keynote Speakers
Lindsey Langford & Samantha Murray | Indigenous Desert Alliance

10:30 amMorning Tea
10:50 amGroup photo

All delegates

Karla Beedawong
11:00 amKeynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers
Glen Kelly OAM and Professor Steven Hopper AC
Yarning about boodja – two way learning of Nyungar and scientific knowledge and how this improves the management of country

12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmBreakout Session

Sharing Knowledge

1:30 pmCommonland

Ben Cole Wide Open Agriculture
Keith Bradby Gondwana Link
Kylie Hansen Impact Seed

Marquee Boodja / Earth
1:30 pmNoongar Land Enterprise

Heidi Mippy
David Collins

Marquee Kep / Water
1:30 pmIndigenous Desert Alliance Rangers

Nyaparu Rose – Chairperson
Andrew Minyardie – Director
Tracy Carboon – Ranger Development  Program Lead

Marquee Maar / Wind
1:30 pmDepartment of Fire and Emergency Services

Sharing of Karla Katitjin and promoting First Nations people’s capacity to undertake Cultural fire programs and activities.
Outcomes from the Cultural Fire Program at the Karla Katitjin Bushfire Centre of Excellence

Clifton Bieundurry
David Windsor Cultural Fire and Partnerships Coordinator


Marquee Karla / Fire
2:30 pmHearing back from the breakout sessions
2:45 pmAfternoon Tea
3:00 pmHear from the Elders

Reflection time and the importance of stillness

3:15 pmBook Launch

Boordiya Waangkiny- Elders Stories of Hope, Resilience and Connection
Donna Oxenham and Co-Directors.

4:00 pmJoin us for a yarn

While we enjoy performers, artists and connect with our community.

6:00 pmClose Day 1
8:00 amSmoking CeremonyKarla Beedawong
8:30 amRegistration open
9:00 amOverview of Day | Recap of Day 1
9:30 amFirst Law, Indigenous and Western Science: Collective Environmental Wisdom and Practice for Modernity.

Keynote Speaker
Dr Anne Poelina PhD, PhD, MA, MEd, MPH&TM, Co-Chair of Indigenous Studies and Senior Research Fellow Nulungu Institute, University of Notre Dame Australia

10:00 amHealing waterways and Boodja, together

Michelle Andrews Director General at Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

10:45 amMorning Tea / Book Launch

Aboriginal Journey Ways by Noel Nannup and Francesca Robertson

11:15 amBreakout Session

Sharing Knowledge

11:15 amDepartment of Water and Environmental Regulation

‘Healing waterways and Boodja, together’

George Walley
Bronte Grant
Jillian Collard


Marquee Boodja / Earth (Main tent)
11:15 amWater CorporationMarquee Kep / Water
11:15 amNyungar Wilman Dryandra Project

Darryl Kickett
Nick Abraham
Professor Stephen Hopper

Marquee Maar / Wind
11:15 amUluru Statement from the Heart

Uluru Statement from the Heart

Nolan Hunter



Marquee Karla / Fire
12:00 pmHearing back from the breakout sessions
12:15 amLunch
1:15 pmBoorloo Young Working Party
2:00 pmBreakout Session

Sharing Knowledge

2:00 pmHealing Country

Professor Kingsley Dixon
A/Professor Jon Bullen
Dr Adam Cross
Heidi Mippy
Christian Miller-Sabbioni



Marquee Boodja / Earth (Main tent)
2:00 pmDepartment of Primary Industries and Regional Development Marquee Kep / Water
2:00 pmStories of exploration about how we as non-Aboriginal people can connect to Country and walk together

Alan Carter
Carole Winfield
Tim Muirhead

Marquee Maar / Wind
2:00 pmEnvironmental Protection Authority, New ZealandMarquee Karla / Fire
2:45 pmHearing back from the breakout sessions
3:00 pmAfternoon Tea
3:15 pmFilm Launch

Yarlingy Beeliar: Singing River

3:45 pmEnd of Summit Closing Remarks
4:00 pmClose

Event Info

Event Times

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Location

Poolgarla Parkland, Kaarta Koomba, Kings Park

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