Johnnie Aseron, International Indigenous Research Liaison in the Southern Cross Business School, has been working with Indigenous communities from Grafton to Kempsey in a pilot project to identify strategies to boost Indigenous participation in education.
One of the key elements of this project has been the development of a community reference group and events where participants can share ideas around key issues such as education, cultural identity and health.
'The simple mission was to create a space within the festival that engendered and allowed for InterNational Indigenous Peoples participation in collaborative cultural expression, exchange of knowledge and sharing of experiences,' Mr Aseron
is a Haudenosenee/Lakota Native American from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.
He is also a gifted musician, storyteller and artist and will be among the performers at the Festival.