Each year the CNTA's develops a two-day conference on a theme of broad applicability and interest in native title anthropology. The conference provides students, consultant anthropologists, anthropologists employed at representative bodies and government (i.e. anthropologists across all native title sectors) with opportunities to learn about and discuss current issues pertinent to native title research and practice and provides an excellent opportunity to network with others working in the field. Lawyers working in the native title area are also likely to find the conferences of interest too.
The conference is held are usually held in early February each year. All interested people are welcome and the conference is free but it is important that people register for catering and administrative purposes.
CNTA offers technical workshops on specific aspects of anthropological native title practice. These workshops are generally run in collaboration with one or a number of NTRBs and NTSPs to deliver tailored two-day workshops focusing on topics of relevance to the participating organisations.
Topics for the workshops, programs and presenters are discussed between the CNTA and the participating bodies to ensure the content is tailored and specific. The workshops are held in the town closest to the location of the NTRBs/NTSPs cutting down on travel costs.
These workshops aim to provide in-house anthropologists and the NTRB/NTSPs' consultant anthropologists with opportunities to discuss theoretical concepts and claim-based issues with experts in that anthropological field.
Federal Court Native Title Forums
In January 2020, CNTA has been invited to attend a Native Title Forum run by the Native Title Registrar of the Queensland Federal Court. As part of CNTA’s outreach and support for such Forums CNTA agreed to sponsor two consultant anthropologists (Dr Pam McGrath and Dr Paul Burke) to participate in a panel discussion on preparing expert reports for claim-specific Native Title Experts’ Conferences.
The Forum is an opportunity for participants to strengthen their understanding of Court processes and the role of anthropologists as experts to the Court.
Consultant Anthropologists’ workshop
CNTA is currently planning a workshop for August 2020 directed at consultant anthropologists in native title, and issues particular to their employment and engagement. This forum will likely be held in Canberra. Details of the program will be posted closer to the time of the event.
For further details about upcoming conferences as well as past events hosted by CNTA, please see our Events page. Notification of upcoming conferences are also regularly circulated via the CNTA mailing list. See the Contact Us page for details about this mailing list or contact CNTA Research Fellow, Julie Finlayson (02) 6125 5859 for further information.
A number of papers and presentations from past conferences and workshops have also been made available on CNTA's Resources page.