NAIDOC 2020

AABAT would like to thank the incredible speakers who brought heart, thought and inspiration to our “Nature & Health” Online Symposium.

Our Indigenous “Nature & Health” Symposium presenters, along with Dr Gregory P. Smith, have generously provided their permission to share their collection of recordings as a resource for our continuing growth.

Always Was, Always Will Be. Recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. naidoc.org.au

AABAT recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent of Australia for over 65,000 years. 

This collection of presentations and conversations encourages us to think about Aboriginal and Indigenous ways of knowing and being, provides insights into the timeless wisdom of Indigenous health practices, and deepens our understanding of how nature connects, bonds, and grows us.

We are delighted to share these Indigenous wisdoms with a wider audience, and celebrate the continuing generation of Indigenous wisdom in this land.

Topics include: Centring Indigenous Approaches, Trauma-informed Approaches, Human-Nature Connections and Restoring People and Planet.


Centring Indigenous Approaches

Presented by Aunty Verna Nichols, Uncle Ken Jones and Luke Mabb

Indigenous and place-based cultures have held nature at the centre of life and health for millennia. This theme recognises that continuing Indigenous traditions has a central role in outdoor healthcare of all kinds.

Trauma Informed Approaches

Presented by Dr Carlie Atkinson and Dr Gregory P Smith

Carlie and Gregory offer two diverse perspectives on trauma, followed by a rich intercultural conversation that finds commonality in experience and approaches to recovery.

Human-Nature Connections

Presented by Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson PhD OA

This talk was given as the first of three culturally and contextually diverse perspectives on human nature connections. It recognises the connections between nature-based practices of all kinds.

Restoring People and Planet

Presented by Ruth Langford

As a Song woman and Story Teller, Ruth draws upon the cultural knowledge of her Yorta Yorta mother and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community where she was born and continues to live.