Looking Back, Moving Forward: The many facets of fire

The many facets of fire 

Fire has been a crucial force in Indigenous communities throughout Australia for thousands of years—for many, it is a sacred element representing a connection to their ancestors, land, and traditional way of life.

Indigenous peoples have used fire as a land management tool for centuries, and Indigenous knowledges continue to inform practice today. Controlled burns can be used to clear brush and undergrowth, promote the growth of new plants, and prevent larger, more destructive wildfires. This helps to maintain the health and diversity of ecosystems, which is crucial for the survival of many species of plants and animals.

Join us for the third event in the 2023 public speaker series to hear from Mr Dean Yibarbuk and Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith as they discuss fire from a range of perspectives.

Speakers 

Mr Dean Yibarbuk: Mr Dean Yibarbuk is joining us from Kabulwarnamyo in west Arnhem Land (530 kilometres east of Darwin). He is a Traditional Owner of Djinkarr, a fire ecologist, researcher and mentor. Dean is Director of Arnhem Land Fire Abatement Ltd (ALFA) and Warddeken Land Management Ltd, as well as Co-Chair of the Karrad Kanjdji Trust. He speaks many Indigenous languages, his first being Gurrgoni. He has a wealth of experience in complex and multifaceted community-based projects. 

“Fire is the answer, and fire is the tool. This is our landscape; this is where we live, this is what we want to protect. This is where we belong—here.”  – Dean Yibarbuk, ALFA Director

Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith: Based at Charles Darwin University, Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith is Research Director of the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research. He has over 35 years of experience researching savanna fire ecology, carbon markets, ecosystem services, and associated livelihood opportunities for land managers and Indigenous communities in northern Australia and neighbouring countries.

Event details

Date: Thursday 13 June

Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm AEST

Venue: The Shine Dome and online


Thank you to our series convenors

  • Professor Tom Calma AO FAA FASSA (University of Sydney)
  • Dr Jordan Pitt (University of Adelaide)
  • Vanessa Sewell (University of New England)

Thank you to our series supporters

  • The Edge Catering

This event is part of the 2023 public speaker series. More information and event recordings are available on the series event page

Contact Information

events@science.org.au

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM June 13, 2023
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The many facets of fire 

Fire has been a crucial force in Indigenous communities throughout Australia for thousands of years—for many, it is a sacred element representing a connection to their ancestors, land, and traditional way of life.

Indigenous peoples have used fire as a land management tool for centuries, and Indigenous knowledges continue to inform practice today. Controlled burns can be used to clear brush and undergrowth, promote the growth of new plants, and prevent larger, more destructive wildfires. This helps to maintain the health and diversity of ecosystems, which is crucial for the survival of many species of plants and animals.

Join us for the third event in the 2023 public speaker series to hear from Mr Dean Yibarbuk and Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith as they discuss fire from a range of perspectives.

Speakers 

Mr Dean Yibarbuk: Mr Dean Yibarbuk is joining us from Kabulwarnamyo in west Arnhem Land (530 kilometres east of Darwin). He is a Traditional Owner of Djinkarr, a fire ecologist, researcher and mentor. Dean is Director of Arnhem Land Fire Abatement Ltd (ALFA) and Warddeken Land Management Ltd, as well as Co-Chair of the Karrad Kanjdji Trust. He speaks many Indigenous languages, his first being Gurrgoni. He has a wealth of experience in complex and multifaceted community-based projects. 

“Fire is the answer, and fire is the tool. This is our landscape; this is where we live, this is what we want to protect. This is where we belong—here.”  – Dean Yibarbuk, ALFA Director

Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith: Based at Charles Darwin University, Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith is Research Director of the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research. He has over 35 years of experience researching savanna fire ecology, carbon markets, ecosystem services, and associated livelihood opportunities for land managers and Indigenous communities in northern Australia and neighbouring countries.

Event details

Date: Thursday 13 June

Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm AEST

Venue: The Shine Dome and online


Thank you to our series convenors

  • Professor Tom Calma AO FAA FASSA (University of Sydney)
  • Dr Jordan Pitt (University of Adelaide)
  • Vanessa Sewell (University of New England)

Thank you to our series supporters

  • The Edge Catering

This event is part of the 2023 public speaker series. More information and event recordings are . 

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Contact Information

events@science.org.au

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM June 13, 2023

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