POSTPONED – ISLAND ARKS
The organising committee for the Island Ark Symposium VII has made the tough decision to postpone the symposium for 12 months to September 2022. The reasons for this decision stem from the continued uncertainty arising from the current COVID -19 situation here in Victoria, across Australia and internationally, which will likely restrict travel for the majority of delegates.
The committee also felt that rather than continuing the symposium as a wholly virtual event, there is greater value in delaying so that most of us can meet in person.
We thank you for your interest in the Symposium, and we look forward to seeing you on Phillip Island (Millowl) in 2022.
The Island Arks Symposium VII is being held
5-9th September 2022
Phillip Island, Victoria
Enquiries can be sent to the Organising Committee via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many Thanks to our Sponsors
Meet our Keynote Speakers HERE
The Island Arks Symposium VII is hosted by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Womin jeka (welcome) to Millowl (Phillip Island) – this is Bunurong Country and part of Victoria’s Kulin nation. Our Country is highly significant, every square inch, every rock, every leaf, every dune and every artefact. Our Ancestors collected an ocean of information about the Island, on every living thing, every tree, every animal and the key to the complex balance of all things, which our people had managed to evolve and sustain. People today are still learning of the complexities of our Ancestors. The coastline of Millowl contains layers and layers of burnt shell (kitchen middens). Some of these layers have gaps of over 1,000 years between them, where our people eventually sat directly over the same place again, over 1,000 years later, to do the same thing; make fire, cook food, eat together and tell stories. The whole region is connected by thousands of generations worth of tradition, story and song. Some of our sites were created at a time when our people could look back over Nerm (Port Phillip Bay) to see a grassy plain with the Yarra River winding its way out to sea over a beautiful waterfall. The connection we have to this land as a result of this long history is not easy to quantify into words, which usually barely begin to scratch the surface, making all attempts to describe its significance to feel understated; this is no exception.
Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation – Registered Aboriginal Party for Millowl
COVID – 19
If the event cannot go ahead as a result of government imposed restrictions due to coronavirus (COVID-19) or other pandemic, Island Arks Organising Committee will either reschedule the event, or refund the purchase price of the ticket if rescheduling is not possible, or if the rescheduled date is unsuitable.