Who owns water when it stops flowing? Who owns land when it’s underwater?
Drought and flooding are twinned threats in the global climate crisis, as rivers dry up or are dammed and sea-levels inexorably rise. How do the communities that rely on these waterways respond? How must our understanding of water rights shift in a climate-changed world?
Dr Virginia Marshall, Wiradjiri Nyemba Educator/ Lawyer/ Writer
N’arweet Carolyn Briggs, (Boon Wurrung Senior Elder)
Brendan Kennedy, Director, Tati Tati Aboriginal Corporation
Virginia Marshall (Wiradjuri Nyemba) is a practicing Lawyer/Educator & Writer. She is the Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow with the Schools of Regulation & Global Governance and the Fenner School of the Environment & Society of the Australian National University. Virginia’s seminal book on Aboriginal water rights, Overturning Aqua Nullius with a foreword by the Hon. Michael Kirby, was integral to the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission 2019 in its understanding of Aboriginal water issues and ontologies. Recognised as a Distinguished Woman Scholar by the University of Victoria Canada BC and Expert Member for Water to the World Economic Forum.
N’arweet Carolyn Briggs is a Boon Wurrung senior Elder, a descendant of the First Peoples of Melbourne, the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung, who is recognised as a keeper of the history and genealogies of her people. N’arweet is a language and linguistics expert and is dedicated to recording her language in oral and written form. She has been active in community development, Native Title, cultural preservation and cultural promotion, developing and supporting opportunities for Indigenous youth and Boon Wurrung culture for over 40 years.
Brendan Kennedy is a Tati Tati, Wadi Wadi, and Mutti Mutti man and holds Director seats in Tati Tati Aboriginal Corporation, MLDRIN, relevant Native Title Committees, Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group, and Museum Victoria. He currently teaches his language and practises art in his home town Robinvale.
North Melbourne School of Displacement by artist Keg de Souza has been co-programmed with Wirlomin Noongar collaborator Claire G. Coleman
Supported by – The City of Melbourne through Arts House. Redfern School of Displacement was first presented as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016)
Image by – Document Photography