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Anniversary of Apology to Stolen Generation - February 2020

The First Peoples Think Tank held a morning tea on Thursday 13 February 2020 to commemorate the Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.  On this day in 2008, the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gave a National Apology to the Stolen Generations, where he formally acknowledged the profound suffering that First Nation people experienced because of the policies of past governments to forcibly remove their children.  The morning tea was hosted by Associate Professor Henrietta Marrie and Project Officer Kathy Lakatos, and was attended by both staff and students.  The community organisation LinkUp also attended to talk about their work in bringing families back together.

Classroom with students

Anniversary of Apology to Stolen Generation


Going Global - Indian Women Innovators Project - November 2019

In November 2019, the First Peoples Think Tank, in conjunction with Trade and Investment Queensland’s Study Queensland and Griffith University, hosted delegates of “Going Global – Enhancing the intercultural business capabilities of Queensland Entrepreneurs and Indian Women Entrepreneurs”, an innovative international initiative aimed at promoting relationships and opportunities between women entrepreneurs from India and Indigenous women entrepreneurs in Queensland.  Co-funded by Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Partnership Fund, the project brought a group of ten women Entrepreneurs from India to experience Queensland’s entrepreneurial and business environment.  The First Peoples Think Tank hosted a number of events for the delegates, including an official welcome and discussion panel, and a visit to Yarrabah community, during which the delegates were introduced to a number of Cairns’ Indigenous women entrepreneurs.  These events provided opportunities for building cross-cultural knowledge, networking and developing business partnerships between Queensland and India, a key trade partner and subject of The Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy.

CQUniversity Media Release

Group of Indian women

Indian Women Innovators Project - Official Welcome


Indigenous Planning Seminar - September 2019

In September 2019, the First Peoples Think Tank, in conjunction with Cairns-based law firm P&E Law, presented a full-day public seminar “Clearing the hurdles – getting real outcomes in Indigenous Planning”.  A range of presenters, including keynote speaker Hirini Matunga, Professor of Maori and Indigenous Planning at Lincoln University, New Zealand, addressed over 40 attendees including Traditional Owners and other Indigenous people involved in management and planning for traditional lands, government and land management organisations, legal practitioners and planning professionals.

Professor talking to students

Professor Hirini Matunga presenting at Indigenous Planning Seminar

Group of people at seminar

Indigenous Planning Seminar