GARMA Key Forum to probe Indigenous education and training 

Photos courtesy YYF/Mark Rogers

Key issues, opportunities and emerging trends facing Indigenous education, training and economic development will be the focus of the GARMA 2010 Key Forum.

The three-day Key Forum, Indigenous Education and Training: Looking to the Future, has been coordinated by Charles Darwin University (CDU) as part of the ongoing partnership between Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF) and CDU and will run from Saturday August 7.

University of Western Sydney Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid will provide the keynote address. Professor Reid is a recipient of several awards and honours both in Australia and overseas, and has been a member of the boards of public agencies at State and Federal levels in health, welfare, schools, higher education, energy, international relations and cultural fields.

CDU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership, Professor Steve Larkin will also weigh in on the discussion, offering their insights into Indigenous education and training.

A “GARMA Dialogue” is set to be one of the festival’s highlights and will focus on the lessons, reflections and challenges in developing Indigenous education, training and economic outcomes. The “GARMA Dialogue” will be facilitated by Professor Glover and panel members which will include Chair of YYF, Galarrwuy Yunupingu.

Key themes to be addressed concurrently over the forum include Indigenous Education and Training, Caring for Country, and Indigenous Economic Development.

Highlights of the schedule include CDU’s collaborative program, Teaching from Country and its implications for Indigenous Knowledge holders in tertiary teaching, the Yolngu Forestry Project being developed by Gumatj Corporation in east Arnhem Land, and the NAILSMA carbon abatement programs and other green economy initiatives.

The 2010 GARMA Festival is held in East Arnhem Land. For more information and to register visit