First Nations Boys To Men

11 - 13 Dec, 2023Hilton Hotel, Cairns


In Australia, the protocol is to recognise the Traditional Owners of the land to which the conference is being held. Therefore, all presentations must begin with an acknowledgment to Country and to local Traditional Elders: “We wish to acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we are to meet upon. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to Country. We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal peoples visiting / attending from other areas of Australia who are present here”.​ Indigenous Conference Services acknowledges and pay our respect to the Traditional people of Country. "Welcome to Country" ceremony and "acknowledging the traditional custodians" of the land shows respect for Aboriginal people as Australia's First Peoples. Ceremonies and protocols are a fundamental part of Aboriginal cultures.​

Join Us at the 12th National First Nation's Boys to Men's Conference

We cordially invite you and your organization to be part of the 12th National First Nation's Boys to Men's Conference, taking place from December 11 to 13, 2023, at the esteemed Hilton Hotel in Cairns. This dynamic conference is a gathering of First Nation's men from across the nation, facilitating impactful conversations and addressing crucial matters that deeply influence the lives of First Nation men and boys. Designed to provide a platform for open sharing, attendees will exchange experiences, confront challenges, and celebrate achievements. The conference will foster a conducive environment for candid dialogue concerning the establishment of a national men's network and discussion forum.

A Setting Designed for Learning and Connection

Set against the backdrop of the Hilton Hotel in Cairns, renowned for its contemporary amenities and comfortable accommodations, the event offers a perfect backdrop for engaging dialogue, networking, and mutual learning. The 12th National First Nation's Boys to Men's Conference is a significant convergence of First Nation men from Australia and beyond, coming together to collectively address the unique issues and challenges faced by Indigenous men. The conference serves as a platform for unity, empowerment, and the celebration of culture, all contributing to a brighter future for First Nation men and boys in Australia. Reserve your spot now and mark your calendar for this pivotal gathering at the Hilton Hotel in Cairns.

Unity, Support, and Well-being

Our conference is underpinned by the belief that unity and support are the cornerstones of progress. At its core, it's a space for First Nation's men to connect, collaborate, and advance their well-being. The proposed national collective of First Nations men's groups extends the spirit of mutual support and engagement, providing a platform for discussions that span local, state, and national levels. In a society where First Nations men and women stand side by side in the fight for justice, this network serves as a catalyst for dialogue, understanding, and community growth. Tackling challenges like poverty, discrimination, and the echoes of colonialism, the conference endeavors to cultivate a sense of belonging and unity that can significantly impact mental health and overall well-being.

Conference Theme: Uniting Voices, Breaking Cycles

The conference theme, "Uniting Voices, Breaking Cycles," resonates with the heart of our event. It underscores the imperative of collaboration and collective action in addressing the pressing issues faced by First Nation's men and boys. We aim to foster unity among men, women, and the community at large, recognizing that true progress in combating domestic violence can only be achieved through a unified effort. By amplifying voices, sharing knowledge, and dismantling harmful cycles, we aspire to create a safer, healthier, and more empowered future for all. This theme reflects our commitment to ending domestic violence and charting a new path forward, where every voice contributes to positive change.

Conference Aims & Objectives: Elevating Holistic Well-being and Dialogue

Embark on a journey of "Elevating Holistic Well-being and Dialogue" at our 12th National First Nation's Boys to Men's Conference. Join us in propelling the well-being of First Nation's men to the forefront. Confront unique challenges, foster open discussions on pressing issues, and bridge knowledge gaps. Let's unite for empowerment, dialogue, and a brighter future.

  • Foster an environment that enhances the holistic well-being of First Nation's men, addressing challenges unique to their lives.

  • Encourage open dialogue on critical issues, including family violence and substance abuse, which may be difficult to discuss within communities.

  • Create a platform for participants to share their experiences, challenges, and successes openly and candidly.

  • Facilitate discussions that bridge gaps in knowledge and experiences, fostering a sense of community and ownership over well-being.


This conference presents a unique opportunity for delegates to participate in a positive environment that is dedicated to the sharing of information and the empowering of all who attend. In our everyday working environment, the day to day stresses of our positions tends to limit us in expanding our knowledge and networking. Whether you work at a community level or at governmental level, the opportunity to network and gain contacts outside of your local region tend to be limited, this is why this conference will be so valuable to all delegates. Hence, all professionals and community-based workers who have a vested interest in combating domestic violence are invited.


  • Domestic violence workers

  • Community groups

  • Family relationship workers

  • Community leaders

  • Indigenous women’s and men’s groups

  • Psychologists, Social Workers, NGOs

  • Women groups, Human Rights Enthusiasts

  • Nurses / Doctors/ Psychiatrists, Police Officers

  • People who are interested in combating Domestic Violence

  • Government Representatives, Community Leaders

  • Consultants / Legal Professionals

  • Domestic Violence Field Workers, Teachers


As an employee, we are asked to present valid reasons why we should attend. Listed below are valid points that can be raised with your employer to justify your attendance:

  • Staff attending conferences regularly tend to become long term employees.

  • An event such as this adds to the positive morale of staff.

  • Conferences are a great way of providing ongoing training and provides the opportunity to further enhance the organisation knowledge base.

  • Allows delegates to showcase the organisation nationally and internationally.

  • May provide organisations with new ideas and gives organisations a voice at a national/international level.

  • Provides an opportunity to evaluate various programs.

  • Because this event is conducted over a short period, staff are only absent for a minimal amount of time.


To ensure grassroots community programs are highlighted, no less than 50 per cent of the conference proceedings are and is devoted to community groups. If your paper is selected, you may have more than one presenter to present your paper. However, only two presenters will be entitled to the registration discount. If you are chosen to present at the conference, your paper will form part of the conference proceedings and be distributed at the conclusion of the event with all other presentations. Click the submit a paper button and complete the form online after reviewing the guidelines of submitting paper.


The 2024 Global Domestic Violence Conference is blessed with a kaleidoscope of guest speakers, sharing stories, successes and challenges they’ve overcome, presenting great opportunities and inspiration for delegates to participate in an event that is devoted to the sharing of Culture, Empowerment, Education & Networking. Drawn from a variety of cultural backgrounds, professional careers and grass-roots community commitments, this year’s conference speakers are the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary event; one that is soon forgotten and one which lingers in attendees' memories, a source of tremendous benefit long after the conference is over.  


Register early to get a discount! Please note that registrations are set out in an affordable way for organisations, which changes on a monthly basis. Hence the earlier you register, the more savings for your organisation. Registration fees include all day access to the event, available conference papers, daily lunch and refreshments for registered delegates only. Fees do not include travel costs or accommodation. Registration fees must be received within 7 DAYS of from being issued an invoice. Otherwise, bookings will not be considered.  To register, please click on the registration button and complete the form. Upon receipt of your completed registration form, we will email you the tax invoice.  


ICS Australia have developed flexible sponsorship packages to sponsor the conference either in part or in full. Sponsorship is a great way of promoting your organisation/ company/ department to all delegates attending the conference. Sponsorship opportunities are only open to businesses and private enterprise, not individuals. Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) will be of further assistance in tailoring your sponsorship arrangement. Please phone us on +61740009111 or send us your expression of interest by email through our Contact Page.


08:30amRegistration ~ Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
09:00amMaster of Ceremony Welcome & Safety Announcement
09:30amWelcome to Country by Traditional Elder followed by Traditional Performance
09:45amFormal Opening Keynote
10:30amMorning Tea ~ Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
11:00amKeynote: Perpetrator Accountability Program
11:45amKeynote: Yarrabah Positive and Respectful Relationship Project
12:30pmLunch Break ~ Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
01:30pmConcurrent Session A: Empowering First Nations Women's Financial Prosperity & Unleashing Indigenous Economic PotentialConcurrent Session B: Embedding Culture, Improving Wellbeing of First Nations Men
02:15pmConcurrent Session A: Empowering First Nations Women Through SportsConcurrent Session B: Empowering Men, Empowering Families
03:00pmAfternoon Break ~ Network with Service Providers/Exhibitors
03:30pmKeynote: Empowering Indigenous Youth to be business entrepreneurs
04:15pmYARNING CIRCLE & PANEL DISCUSSION: Debrief & Reflections
06:30pmCONFERENCE NETWORKING DINNERAs they say, all work and no play, makes for a dull conference. To overcome this, the conference secretary has organized a conference dinner to be held on the first night of the event. This dinner will give delegates the opportunity to further network while letting your hair down in an informal setting.


The Gatekeeper Cultures and Spirituality: Interventionist to Suicide

We offer new and exciting innovation for our conferences. The third day is devoted to a professional development workshop or masterclass. As such, we have introduced several exciting networking and professional development innovations which is an extra cost for your chosen masterclass. Day 3 is optional so please make sure you complete your registration form with the masterclass included if you intend to attend.

Worrying about how your team, family and community effectively assist and manage clients experiencing intergenerational trauma? Indigenous peoples around the world endured several generations of trauma and other neurological effects and compromised behavioural immunity which leads to behavioural indicators such as substance abuse and suicide.  Our current generation is impacted by structural violence, poverty, racism, governmental neglect and ongoing hostilities, and unfortunately, our mob have learned our lessons in traumatiSation as well wherein many situations, we have internalized the trauma imposed on ourselves and turned onto our own families, communities, and selves.   This workshop will teach you:​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

  • The strong benefits of recapturing and revitalizing our languages, cultures and spirituality 

  • How to become an interventionist to suicide in your communities 

  • Understand and utilise trauma-informed care to heal ourselves, our clients, and our communities. 

  • Strategies in managing clients and families affected by intergenerational trauma and break the cycle of suicide in our communities. 

  • In Just One Day You Can Learn Strategies for how to become an interventionist to suicide and work effectively with your clients who are experiencing intergenerational trauma and their families. 

​The Gatekeeper Cultures and Spirituality - Interventionist to Suicide is strictly limited to 30 people only. Cost is $350 per person.