About the Symposium

Kaya, Wanju

The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance, together with the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council, Koya Aboriginal Corporation, Pindi Pindi Ltd, Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing and Curtin University’s Tourism Research Cluster and School of Education invite you to Wangkiny Coolamon Research Gathering for International Indigenous Tourism to be held on 6 April 2020 in Perth, Western Australia, as a component of the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2020 (WITS).

WITS 2020 theme Indigenous Earth Wisdom carries a promise of collaboration, fellowship and the sharing of strong commitment to improving the well-being of Indigenous societies and sacred Mother Earth. Our leading theme for Wangkiny Coolaman Research Gathering is Koora Yey Kalyakoorl Past, Present, Forever: Gathering, Hearing and Listening to the voices of Indigenous peoples.

Wangkiny Coolaman Research Gathering will foster the rich exchange of experiences relating to challenges, innovations, opportunities, partnerships and practices most relevant to indigenous tourism.  The aim is to stimulate comprehensive discussions on the topics of the learnings of indigenous knowledges, the dual worlds of knowledge in tourism, and the journey ahead for tourism. The gathering will hear speeches from keynote speakers, research study presentations and Indigenous community presentations. The Symposium will introduce a Statement of Declarations and Recommendations on Research and Indigenous Tourism, a pronouncement that outlines how indigenous tourism research should be conducted responsibly, morally, ethically and in true partnership with Indigenous peoples. A Panel Response to the statement will offer the opportunity for symposium attendees to engage in a participatory conversation with regards to the declaration.

The symposium encourages grass roots community presentations from the lived experiences and perceptions of Indigenous worldview and wellbeing and welcomes conceptual and empirical insights from academia.