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Adelaide has won a major conference on indigenous education as Australia celebrates significant anniversaries in the campaign for equal rights for the country’s Aboriginal peoples.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Australian 1967 Referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. The former put  Aboriginal people on the census while the latter was a legal victory recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique connection with the land.

Now 2017 will also be remembered as the year Adelaide was chosen to host the 2020 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE – a triennial event just held in Toronto, Canada.

WIPCE attracts the world’s most respected Indigenous education experts, practitioners, and scholars.  Over the course of its 30-year history, the conference has become recognised as the largest and most diverse Indigenous education event in terms of leading discussion on contemporary movements in education that support Indigenous worldviews.

Adelaide Convention Bureau worked with Professor Peter Buckskin, Dean: Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects, from the University of SA, and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Hon. Kyam Maher, to secure the conference, which should attract 3,000 people.

Indigenous communities face similar challenges around the world, often highly complex involving sovereignty over lands and waters, culture and knowledge systems.  Learning from Indigenous brothers and sisters from across the world to understand how they are maintaining their cultural wellbeing and place in their ‘colonized world’ will be a major objective of WIPCE 2020.

Buckskin said: “Tauondi College in partnership with the South Australian Education and Training Council is honoured and humbled to be selected to host the next WIPCE. Sharing and showcasing our culture and knowledges with other Indigenous global citizens as the oldest living culture of humanity will be an honour and privilege.”

Maher added: “ This event provides an opportunity for South Australia to showcase Aboriginal culture – the oldest surviving culture on earth – to the rest of the world. Besides the immense benefit to the state’s economy, it will also provide a valuable opportunity for South Australians to learn about different Indigenous cultures.”

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