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Dr Anne Poelina
Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Owner

The Mardoowarra/Martuwarra Fitzroy River and its sacred living ancestral being Yoongoorookoo (Rainbow Serpent) is at a crossroads, and Traditional Owners are considering how to protect the National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River and its tributaries Right to Life. In her presentation Anne uses film as a visual and auditory performance tool through feeling and listening to country and non-human beings. The audience is transported to a globally unique Mardoowarra Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Through her collaborations she is working with likeminded people committed to the solutions for planetary health and wellbeing. We are challenged to re-imagine justice for Australia’s original people, lands and Living Waters. Call it a Feeling, call it Liyan, call it the Vibe! But Justice needs to happen now, ‘On Just Terms’!

Dr Anne Poelina, Peter Cullen Fellow (2011), Laureate Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva) (2017), Adjunct Senior Research Fellow the University of Notre Dame (Nulungu Institute of Research), Adjunct Research Fellow Charles Darwin University, is a Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Owner and a guardian of the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Anne is the Managing Director of Madjulla Inc., Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council and Deputy Chair of the Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation (Native Title Body Corporate). Dr Poelina life career in Indigenous, human and environmental advocacy spans four decades achievements include Master Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master Education, Master Arts (Indigenous Social Policy), Doctor of Philosophy & Doctor of Health Science Scholar. Dr Poelina champions the need to strengthen Indigenous peoples’ capacity to uphold their human, cultural and economic rights. Her work bridges culture shared lived experiences and understandings as being integral to transformational change. Bringing these threads together these relationships are grounded in collective wisdom; traditional ecological knowledge, customary law with trans-disciplinary knowledges; ecological, archaeological, heritage, arts and cultural values. This aligned with the rights of nature as the solutions for planetary health and wellbeing through an earth-centred regional governance provides the hope necessary to re-imagine the future now!

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