INVITATION TO CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA
INDIGENOUS CONFERENCE SERVICES is proud to host the
15th – 17thDecember 2014
8-10 December 2014
Cairns 13- 15 October
Cairns on 13- 15 October
Indigenous Conference Services (ICS) is breaking new grounds with the establishment of the annual Indigenous Men’s and Women’s Conferences which was planned to be a yearly event sparking new interest from an unexpected vast number of Indigenous organizations from outside of Australia so much that international indigenous groups have shown keen interests in participating and registered for both the 2014 National Indigenous Men’s and Women’s Conferences in Cairns.
As such, ICS has taken the initiative position to invite a maximum of three international First Nation’s speakers at this year’s national event. This is not to say that our First nation’s brothers and sisters from overseas are not able to register as delegates and participate; in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Plans have been formulated to make both the men’s and women’s conferences to become full blown international events. As such, expressions of interest are now being sought from community groups and individuals who would wish to be part of the organizing community however dates and venue for the 2015 World Indigenous Men’s Conference and the 2015 World Indigenous Women’s Conference has not been chosen at this point in time. Because of the federal government’s tough budgets, no funding will be sought from any funding bodies. The conferences will be self funded with the initial capital for the events coming from ICS itself.
Moreover, we believe a perfect platform has been established with grass-roots communities being the driving force for both the 2014 National Indigenous Men’s and 2014 National Indigenous Women’s Conferences. To further encourage participation, a 25% discount on registration fees for the 2015 World Indigenous Men’s Conference and the 2015 World Indigenous Women’s Conference will be offered to delegates who attend this year’s event. We have many exciting guest speakers for the men’s and women’s conferences however we would like to highlight two great speakers to spark your interests.
STEVE WIDDERS is one of the motivational speakers at the 2014 Indigenous Men’s Conference. Steve is a descendant of the Anaiwan /Kamiloaroi people of Northern NSW (Armidale/Moree). He was declared medically and legally blind by the late Professor Fred Hollows at age 35. Steve will share his personal story of how he overcame severe depression, mental anguish, isolation and even suicidal ideation due to the restrictions and limitations which come with a disability. Though blind, Steve sees himself as a Man of Vision and prefers to talk of his Ability rather than his Disability. He walked the Kokoda Track in 2011 to honour Aboriginal soldiers who fought there during WW2 and rode a tandem bicycle between Brisbane and Sydney to promote men’s health and well being. Steve is appointed as 2013 NSW Senior’s Week Ambassador, member of the NSW Disability Council, member of NSW Police Advisory Council and National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee.
Furthermore, one of the exciting guest speakers for the 2014 Indigenous Women’s Conference is HON. BESS PRICE, Minister for Community Services, Statehood, Women’s Policy, Parks & Wildlife of Northern Territory. Minister Price is a Warlpiri woman from Central Australia and was born in Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert. She became a mother at the age of 13. At aged 18, after surviving years of domestic violence, she left the father of the child and began to study to become a teacher. Minister Price has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development from Curtin University. She was elected to the Northern Territory parliament in 2012. Minister Price is an outspoken advocate for women and children in Aboriginal communities and campaigns tirelessly for their protection from violence and sexual abuse. She was a nominee for the US International Women’s Courage Award in 2013.