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On June 12 and 13, the MinErAL network's annual general meeting will be held in Cairns, Australia, traditional territory of the Yirrganydji people and the Gimuy Walubara Clan of the Yidinji people. The event, host by Sharon Harwood, from James Cook University, will be an occasion to learn about the history of the mining sector in Cairns, its economic relevance, as well as policies and practices to increase indigenous participation in the resources sector. The meeting will also pay special attention to the issues of consultation and consent of indigenous communities, negotiations between mining companies and indigenous communities, mining geographies and native title claim. Researchers and indigenous partners from Canada, Scandinavia, Australia and New Caledonia will be taking part in this event. The speakers will notably include Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh, from Griffith University, Michael Neal, Director and native title law specialist at P&E Law, as well as Melissa Sutton and Michael Limerik from the Queensland Resources Council. The meeting will close on the morning of June 14, with the MinErAL network’s General Assembly. You will find the meeting preliminary program below. Please note that it is a first version of the program: the time and the activities are subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to find out the event last updates!

To register or to have more information on the meeting, please contact Aude Therrien at or Sharon Harwood at

Speaker Overview

Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University, Brisbane. He has previously held positions at the University of Papua New Guinea, the Australian National University and Queens University, Ontario. He has published numerous articles and books in the fields of public policy, policy evaluation and policy implementation, resource economics and resources policy, negotiation, impact assessment and indigenous studies. For over 20 years he has worked with indigenous organizations in Australia and Canada on social impact assessments and on negotiation of agreements with resource development companies, and has acted as an adviser or negotiator for many of Australia’s leading Aboriginal organizations, including the Cape York, Northern, Central, Yamatji and Kimberley Land Councils. He is currently managing indigenous impact assessments being conducted in relation to gas development in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and advising the Autonomous Bougainville Government on options in relation to the possible reopening of the Bougainville copper mine.

Preliminary Program

Wednesday, June 12

9:00 AM Opening ceremony and Welcome to Country   
9:30 AM Presentation of the MinErAL Network and its Australian component

10:00 AM Coffee Break

10:30 AM Mining in Cairns, Australia   

Confirmed Speakers: Bill Cummings, Principal at Cummings economics & compass research, Cairns, Australia

                                        Janice Wegner, Senior lecturer, College of Arts, Society & Education, James Cook University

                                        Gallina (Kal) Ellwood, PhD candidate at James Cook University

12:00 PM Lunch   

1:30 PM Native Title Claim and Mining 

Confirmed Speakers: Michael Neal, Director, P&E Law, native title Law specialist, Cairns, Australia  

                                       Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh, Professor,  School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

                                       Melissa Sutton & Michael Limerick, Queensland Resources Council                                

                                       Pierre-Yves Lemeur, Anthropologist, IRD, UMR GRED, Montpellier

3:30 PM Coffee Break

4:00 PM Negotiating across mining life cycles: IBAs, Consultation and Consent   

Confirmed Speakers: Rémy Rouillard, Postdoctoral Fellow, department of geography,  Memorial University

                                       Thierry Rodon, Principal investigator of the MinErAL Network, Political science department, Laval University

                                       Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh, Professor, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

                                       Chris Southcott, Professor, Sociology, Lakehead University

                                       Réal McKenzie, Former Chief of the Innu Nation of Matimekush- Lac John

6:00 PM Diner   

Thursday, June 13

9:00 AM Mining geographies   

Confirmed Speakers:     Severine Bouard, researcher, Institut Agronomique Néo-Calédonien

                                           A representative of Koniambo Nickel SAS

Awaiting confirmation: A member of the Jabalbina board

                                           Dag Avango, part of the leadership of REXSAC and researcher, KTH-Royal institute of technology

10:30 AM Coffee Break   

11:00 AM Projects in development   

Confirmed Speakers: Sabrina Bourgeois, PhD candidate at Laval University

                                       Karen Bouchard, PhD candidate at Laval University

                                       Zoé Boirin, PhD candidate at University of Ottawa

12:30 PM Lunch    

13:30 PM Projects in development (Continued)

Confirmed Speakers:     Linus Lundström, Postgraduate student at Arctic Research Center at Umea University (ARCUM)

Awaiting confirmation: Jesse Marnock, Planning student, James Cook University

                                            Jeanie Govan, PhD candidate, Charles Darwin University

2:30 PM  Free afternoon   

Friday June 14

9:00 AM General Assembly of the MinErAL Network   

12:00 PM End of the conference and travel home   


                          Click here for a printable version of the meeting's preliminary program