The 3rd meeting of the MinErAL network was held from June 12 to 14 in Cairns, Australia, in the traditional territory of the Yirrganydji people and the Gimuy Walubara clan of the Yidinji people. The event, organized by Sharon Harwood, allowed network members to learn about the history of the mining sector in Cairns, its economic importance, as well as policies and practices aimed at increasing indigenous participation in the natural resources sector. Presentations also addressed issues of consultation and consent of indigenous communities, negotiations between mining companies and indigenous communities, mining geography and indigenous land title claims. The event brought together researchers, students and indigenous partners from Canada, Scandinavia, Australia and New Caledonia. Speakers included Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh of Griffith University, Julia Taylor of North Queensland Land Council, and Melissa Sutton and Michael Limerik of Queensland Resources Council. The meeting ended in the morning of June 14 with the general assembly of the MinErAL network.
Thanks to Sharon Harwood and the participants, who made this meeting a great success!
MinErAL network members Presentation by Professor Dean Carson Sustainable Indigenous Livelihood - Jesse Marnock