The seminar held in conjunction with the current exhibition Anthropocene: Linking past and present to shape a better future, at UQ Anthropology Museum.

Madonna has worked extensively for more than 20 years in native title, cultural heritage and natural resource management and will be discussing regional engagement frameworks and ongoing cultural work by First Nations People towards responsible environmental stewardship programs.

Madonna will also share insights into the commercial and economic benefits to sustainable land management practices, which build upon and champion First Nations led and owned businesses.

This program follows on from last week's event Conversations towards sustainable and resilient foodways.

Madonna Thomson is a member of the Jagera People and is a grandniece of the late Senator Neville Bonner. Madonna has worked with Aboriginal Communities in South East Queensland with a particular focus on developing and sharing traditional knowledge about management of the State’s natural resources and environment.

Madonna was instrumental in developing a regional engagement framework, in consultation with the Traditional Owner groups of south-east Queensland. The engagement framework guided government and community engagement with Traditional Owner groups for seven years, creating a more effective process and mechanism for meaningful engagement, based on community principles.

She is also the chair of the University of Queensland Indigenous Enterprise Group (the IEG is comprised of Indigenous native food business across Australia) & Bush Tukka & Botanicals Indigenous Enterprise Co-operative (BBIEC). Madonna works with scientists and PhD students research in the ethical research of Australian native foods and engagement with Indigenous communities.

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About Food Sovereignty Week 2023

Food sovereignty has been defined as “the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems” (Via Campesina 2021).

In recognition of Food Sovereignty Week 2023, join us for an engaging panel discussion and seminar featuring interdisciplinary experts whose work is shaping the dialogue towards just and sustainable food systems.


Anthropology Museum, Level 1, Michie Building (#9) The University of Queensland St Lucia campus.