The CNTA Annual Conference was held in Perth, Western Australia on 9-10 February 2017 addressing the theme of Emerging Strategic Issues in Native Title Anthropology.
The conference venue was the Travelodge Hotel, 417 Hay Street, Perth.
The CNTA conference was heavily subscribed with numbers beyond our expectation and usual numbers. Although places were originally capped at 100 it was decided that all interested parties should be able to attend. By the time the conference opened, 110 people had registered for the two day meeting.
Professor Peterson provided an Introductory Address after the Welcome to Country by Mr Barry McGuire.
The Opening Address was given by Mr Glen Kelly, (CEO of the National Native Title Council) with Keynote papers presented by Mr Simon Hawkins (CEO of YMAC), Ms Petronella Vaarzon-Morel(independent consultant) and Mr Mike Dillon (Visiting Fellow at CAEPR, ANU).
On Thursday evening the conference dinner was held at Perth's iconic Miss Maud's with 60 people in attendance.
Some conference papers have since been distributed to attendees through the CNTA Email Distribution List.
On the Friday afternoon, Day 2 of the CNTA conference CNTA joined with the Federal Court of Australia (FCA) and the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) for a joint session to Celebrate 25 years of Native Title Anthropology: A tribute to the contribution of anthropologists to the development of Australian native title law.
Both Professor Peterson and Dr Finlayson spoke.
Presentations were made by leading barristers and native title anthropologists on key issues and challenges, as well as revisiting land mark cases over the course of a number of practictioners' professional histories. A future publication of the proceedings has been suggested by the NNTT.