The past 12 months have been difficult for many, not least partnerships between Indigenous communities and governments. While many have been challenged, genuine partnerships built on foundations of trust and respect have not only survived but been agile, innovative and even strengthened through the environmental trials and the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualities that have resulted in a different and successful post-COVID recovery require detailed exploration.
The Proud Partnerships in Place: 2021 ANZSOG First Peoples’ Public Administration Virtual Conference will unpack and celebrate the successes we are already seeing across Australia, Aotearoa-New Zealand and internationally. It will also challenge participants to think beyond the way things have always operated, to consider how First Peoples knowledge, local community decision-making and new relationships with government and the public purpose sector can be mobilised to meet the needs of communities.
Governments and First Peoples are working together on treaty, well-being budget initiatives, voice, recognition, land management, health and social service issues that all require authentic partnerships, to solve local and global challenges. This work constitutes a resetting of relationships and will determine a new course for how First Peoples and government agencies work together into the future. The conference will provide an opportunity to examine how local knowledge can address global challenges in the face of increasingly constrained resources, threats to the environment and the disproportionate impact of these events on First Peoples communities.