Guest Article - Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Towards 2029 and Beyond: Voice, Treaty, Truth Summit

In July, the Centre for Social Impact (UWA) hosted the Social Impact Festival, designed and led by Aboriginal Elders and leaders, to provide wisdom to help co-plan and co-create a better future for everyone. Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Towards 2029 and Beyond: Voice, Treaty, Truth Summit was a key event of the festival and was shaped and led by Aboriginal leaders Dr Noel Nannup OAM, Dr Richard Walley OAM, Professor Colleen Hayward AM and Carol Innes in relation to the ‘Four Pillars of Respect’: Tolerance, Acceptance, Dialogue and Collaboration.

The festival looked forward to 2029 as a mark of 200 years since colonisation in Perth and explored – through keynote lectures, yarning panels and panel presentations – positive change already under way in a number of social areas and the most important steps for moving forward. As the first of its kind, this festival has left deep footprints in the soil of our community. Over 350 people attended the two-day summit with many more attending other festival events including the leadership briefing (attended by many senior leaders in the government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors), the policy workshop and The Good Market, a marketplace of food and retail vendors dedicated to ethical and sustainable practices.

A symbol of the festival’s success is the inspirational stewardship of the Aboriginal community, supported by the Centre for Social Impact, who are already developing a 10-year plan with actions and outcomes for how we will walk together towards 2029 and beyond and looking forward to next year’s festival and further developing this movement.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.