Keynote Speaker - Professor Jacinta Elston
Professor Elston is an Aboriginal woman from Townsville in North Queensland. She joins Monash from James Cook University, where she held the position of Associate Dean Engagement and Strategy in the College of Medicine & Dentistry.
Jacinta has served on the Research Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and contributed to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research agenda through the Council’s work. Jacinta has also been an external reviewer of Indigenous programs for several universities, including Sydney University, the University of New England and the University of Otago.
Jacinta also has an extensive record of community engagement, including membership of the Board of the Breast Cancer Network Australia. As Chair of Cancer Australia’s Leadership Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Control, she oversaw the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework.
Professor Elston has a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University, as well as a Graduate Certificate of Rural Leadership and a Certificate of Aboriginal Research Design.
Keynote Speaker - Niklas Labba
Niklas Labba has grown up as a traditional reindeer herder, and is today combining reindeer herding with an employment as the Academic Director of Sámi Research Centre at UiT/ The Arctic University of Norway. Before this position Labba was employed at the Norwegian Sámi parliament as the head of section for Sámi language management and language politics development. In this position he was, amongst other things, involved in the consultations between the Sámi parliament and the Norwegian government about the new language law proposal. Labba has been part of several projects monitoring the impacts of climate change, and represented both the Swedish and Norwegian government in expert groups connected to arctic council and CBD/UN bodies.
Keynote Speaker - Dr Nikki Moodie
Dr Nikki Moodie (Gomeroi/Kamilaroi) is a Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Nikki's academic background is in political science and sociology, with a primary research focus on higher education, social capital and indigeneity. Current research projects attend to the politics of data production in Indigenous education policy, professional accreditation in the field of Indigenous studies, and the experiences of Indigenous research students in Australian universities. Prior to her move to the Faculty of Arts, Nikki was the Academic Convenor of the Hallmark Indigenous Research Initiative, Research Fellow in Indigenous Research, and Lecturer in Indigenous Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Nikki is an Editor for Critical Race & Whiteness Studies, and Associate Editor for Higher Education Research & Development.
Keynote Speaker - Dr Sheryl Lightfoot
Sheryl Lightfoot is Anishinaabe, a citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics and holds an academic appointment as associate professor in both First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Political Science. Dr Lightfoot’s research focuses on Indigenous politics, especially Indigenous rights and their implementation in global, national and regional contexts.