First Nations Speaker Series

The First Nations Speaker Series amplifies and elevates First Nations voices.

Join us to listen to, and engage with, a range of presenters who will discuss First Nations heritage, history and culture and issues affecting people today.

GML Heritage, Sydney Living Museums and the Research Centre for Deep History at the Australian National University, are pleased to present the ‘First Nations Speaker Series’.

Previous Talks

Kurrwa* to Kartak**: hand–made/held–ground

How can notions of home, community, and Country be represented within histories of both endurance and dislocation?

In March 2022, Brenda L. Croft presented a Gurindji-specific historiography that engaged with the pastoral impact on Gurindji Country from the late nineteenth century, the experience of Stolen Generations members and their descendants, and contemporary Gurindji experience into the 21st century.


Working with Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property: An Introduction to the True Tracks ICIP Protocols

Terri Janke spoke at the First Nations Speaker Series on Gadigal Country, The Mint (Gold Melting Room), Sydney on 9th December 2021. Watch a recording of the presentation below, introduced by GML CEO, Sharon Veale.

Connecting with Country

First Nations peoples have been caring for Country for more than 65,000 years, long before European intervention. How can we learn from this knowledge and experience by collaborating in our approach to planning, building and designing on Country? In this panel, speakers will reflect on the Government Architect NSW’s 2020 Connecting with Country Draft Framework as a basis for this discussion.


Articulating Sydney’s Aboriginal Past in the Public Realm with Matt Poll

Matt Poll is the newly appointed manager of Indigenous programs at the Australian National Maritime Museum.


In October 2021, Matt Poll presented ‘Articulating Sydney’s Aboriginal Past in the Public Realm’.  Matt reflected on new additions, and historically significant examples of where consulting with Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities’ representatives has built consultation frameworks and templates for increasing the visibility of Sydney’s Aboriginal past into future place-based projects in Sydney’s built environment.

Watch a recording of the talk or read a summary here.

Ongoing Responsibilities and Findings Answers, with Dr Leah Lui-Chivizhe

In May 2021, Dr Leah Lui-Chivizhe presented ‘Ongoing Responsibilities’ and Finding Answers’, about the challenges of working with collections gathered during colonisation—specifically ancestral remains—and the unresolved issues this creates for First Nations people.

Read a summary of her talk here.

Photo: Dr Leah Lui-Chivizhe presenting at GML Heritage Sydney, May 2021.

About the First Nations Speaker Series

This series creates space for a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to talk about history, heritage and culture. Join us to listen to, and engage with, a range of presenters who will discuss key themes in First Nations heritage and culture and issues affecting people today.

Key themes for future First Nations Speaker Series may include:

  • Nature/culture
  • Connection to country
  • Ancestral remains/Repatriation
  • Destruction of cultural heritage and cultural harm
  • Heritage reform (Local and National)
  • Recent and contemporary Aboriginal connections to place
  • Deep history/time
  • Histories of place
  • Hidden histories
  • Shared histories
  • Settler colonialism
  • More-than-human relations