Paul Tapsell describes the importance of understanding cultural beliefs and practices in attitudes towards ancestral remains. Repatriation reflects a responsibility for both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to respect both the deceased and future generations.
Neil Carter, Lui Ned David and Major Sumner share their histories and experiences, identifying regional differences and similarities in repatriation activities. They state the importance of helping and learning from each other in their work.
Local Ngunnawal elder, Jude Barlow, provides the Welcome to Country address followed by Mathew Trinca’s opening address. Welcome to Country is a traditional practice in which visitors are both welcomed and given permission to be on the traditional lands of local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.