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Sharing the Commons of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Estate for our Greater Good

Dr Poelina’s address will be different from a regular keynote presentation. For the first 35 minutes, she will show a video documentary called “Our Shared and Common Future.” After that showing, she will answer questions in reaction to this short film. Please ensure that you can view a film through an Internet connection.

Dr. Poelina’s work focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to wisdom and wellbeing. Her work fuses First Law, culture, earth sciences, political science, economic and earth centered governance in the sharing and guardianship of ‘Our Commons’ for the greater good of humanity and the planet.  The film incorporates ancient and contemporary Indigenous Australian, First Law and the rights of nature regarding the solutions required for planetary health and wellbeing. Her work focuses on her sacred river, the Martuwarra, also known as the Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. See website

This keynote webinar is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Arts, 
University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand



About the Speaker


Dr Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa (Indigenous Australian) woman who belongs to the Mardoowarra, the lower Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Poelina is an active Indigenous community leader, human and earth rights advocate, filmmaker and a respected academic researcher, with a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master of Education, Master of Arts (Indigenous Social Policy) and currently Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science) with thesis title, ‘Cultural Determinants of Indigenous Health and Wellbeing’.

She is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Notre Dame University and a Research Fellow with Northern Australia Institute Charles Darwin University.

A complete bio can be found here

Join the Webinar

October 6, 2020

The recording of the introduction to the documentary screening and the question and answer after the showing is available here
 If you are interested in seeing the video documentary that was shown, Dr. Poelina requests that you email her at to get access.