First Nations for Climate Action

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Ticket includes access to event recording for 14 days
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Adult $25
Concession / Member $20

Adult $15
Concession/Member $12
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Presented in collaboration with the MIT Civic Design Initiative Deep Listening Project

With a deep connection to, and knowledge of, the land they care for, First Nations communities are a crucial but often overlooked voice in conversations about sustainability, climate action and environmental policy.

In the lead up to World Environment Day on 5 June, ABC Indigenous Affairs Editor Bridget Brennan leads a conversation about the importance of First Nations' knowledge in protecting our environment, discussing important projects and initiatives led by Indigenous communities around the world to create a more sustainable future for us all. 

This event will take place at Melbourne Museum and will also be streamed online. Guests can choose to purchase a ticket to attend in person, or an online ticket to watch the live-stream. All ticket holders will have on-demand access to the event recording for 14 days.

MIT Civic Design Initiative: Deep Listening Project

The Deep Listening Project seeks to co-design technologies that enable institutions and communities to collaborate towards effective and just climate adaptation. The project is driven by a multidisciplinary team at MIT Civic Design Initiative along with cross-university, community, and IGO partners. The Deep Listening Project was one of the finalists in the MIT Climate Grand Challenge and is currently seeking funding partners to implement the project.

Media partner


Bridget Brennan

Indigenous Affairs Editor, ABC

Bridget Brennan is the ABC’s Indigenous Affairs Editor and has been a journalist with the national broadcaster for more than decade. She was the first Indigenous journalist to be appointed as a foreign correspondent for the ABC. She’s worked as a journalist in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 2017, she anchored the ABC’s coverage from the historic summit which led to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Recently she’s been reporting on the pandemic and the ways in which climate change is impacting First Nations communities. Bridget is a Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta woman from Victoria.


Dr Darren J. Ranco (joining live via video link)

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs, University of Maine

Dr Darren J. Ranco
Dr Darren J. Ranco

Darren J. Ranco, PhD, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine.  He has a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University.  

His research focuses on the ways in which Indigenous communities in the United States resist environmental destruction by using Indigenous science, diplomacies, and critiques of liberalism to protect natural and cultural resources. He teaches classes on Indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance. As a citizen of the Penobscot Nation, he is particularly interested in how better research relationships can be made between universities, museums, Native and non-Native researchers, and Indigenous communities.

Rodney Carter

Group Chief Executive Officer, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Rodney Carter
Rodney Carter

Rodney Carter is a descendant of Dja Dja Wurrung people and resides at Bendigo in Central Victoria. He currently works for his people, the Dja Dja Wurrung as the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises Pty Ltd. A defining moment in Rodney’s career was negotiating the Dja Dja Wurrung people's native title settlement in 2013. Rodney was a member of the Dja Dja Wurrung negotiation team that negotiated a settlement agreement with the State of Victoria over a period of three years. Rodney also led negotiations on behalf of Dja Dja Wurrung with neighbouring group Wadawurrung which resulted in a boundary agreement in 2012.

In addition, Rodney has worked with the Victorian Public Land Fire Management as a Heritage Specialist. He is a recipient of the Australian National Emergency Services Medal from the Black Saturday fires of 2009. Rodney is also an inaugural member since 2010 and previously the Chairperson of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and his current 3-year appointment as a Council member will end in 2024. Rodney was a Project Manager for the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre as part of the Melbourne Museum project and became the first Bunjilaka's Centre Manager.  


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