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Wisdom and Courage 2019

Wisdom and Courage: Driving Change

2019 Catholic Indigenous Education Conference

Monday 14 October to Wednesday 16 October 2019, The Ville Resort-Casino, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville

Join us for the Queensland Catholic Indigenous Education Conference, Wisdom and Courage: Driving Change, proudly supported by QCEC and hosted by Townsville Catholic Education. This conference aims to provide an opportunity for all people working in partnership with Catholic Education to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. This is an opportunity for delegates to network and celebrate achievements and explore current strategies being implemented that strengthen culture, community and identity through education.

Registrations are now open and five eminent speakers have been secured, with renowned activist, writer and artist, Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann (AM) to open the conference with her key note address. Conference sessions will focus on four streams: Indigenous education, spirituality, health and community. 

Draft Program


Dr Miriam Rose David Hartley Sharon Davis Prof. Martin Nakata

Supporting Partners

Delegate Registration

Cost: $660 per delegate (incl.GST)

Program registration includes:

  • Opening reception BBQ & entertainment (5.30pm, Monday 14 October)
  • Attendance to the two day program (8.30am Tuesday 15 to 3.00pm Wednesday 16 October)
  • Movie Night Gathering (7.30pm Tuesday 15 October)
  • Walking on Country Encounter (6am Wednesday 16 October)
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea 

Speaker Registration

If you are an accepted speaker, please register by contacting the event team on 07 47730900 or email

Polo Shirt Sizing

Each delegate will receive a polo shirt as part of their registration (order form is included in registration process). Please note, sizing can not be guaranteed for registrations placed after 6 September.

Transfer of Registration

Change of attendee name can be done at no extra cost. Please login to your event account to make changes to your registration, or please contact the conference team on 07 47730900 or email

Registrations close

20 September, 2019


Artwork designed by BRIANNA CASSADY, Year 9, Ryan Catholic College, Kirwan

This specific drawing represents both courage and wisdom and tells a story of how we can all drive change. It symbolises the change in which not only the trees go through, but we as a society go through also.

The biggest tree represents the wisdom of our Elders, of our history, and of our communities. This tree has seen a lot of change as it grew and adapted to each phase of life. Surviving harsh climates of flood, fire and drought, it has gained knowledge and protects those under its care. It shelters and provides shade (wisdom) for others camped at or growing at its base.

 The smaller tree portrays the courage of our people. As it gets older and grows, it will need to grow and adapt, and be courageous enough to be different. We know that this tree will have to weather the same challenges and provide the firewood that keeps our people going. Blue water sustain the roots, filling the soil with knowledge, wisdom, and courage that both the trees need to grow.

 Altogether, the picture tell a story of our culture, history, and of future generations. We develop wisdom at school and at home, in our every interaction with friends and family. We foster courage when we challenge stereotypes and question ideas that hold us back. With our combined strengths, these trees will grow to shelter our Elders past, present, and emerging.

 Brianna Cassady is of Aboriginal & South Sea Islander heritage.  Brianna’s mob is the Nywaigi people from the Halifax/Ingham region.  Nywaigi country extends from the mouth of the Herbert River, south to the north bank of Rollingstone Creek; West to Mt Spec area and out to Manbarra-Palm Island.   

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